READ: 1 Timothy 4:6-10
- Even though these thoughts are directed at Timothy, in principle they apply to all of us. If we present the truth—that’s a good thing. If we prepare others to recognize the truth—that’s a good thing. And if we seek to live a godly life—that’s a good thing. But we will do none of the above if we are not prepared. Not just speaking the truth requires training—so does living the truth.
- Most all have trained for something. We may have worked to run a 5K, to play the piano, to pass a test, or to learn a trade. In any case, we know that we don’t just sit down at a piano and play Mozart without training. Nor do we become godly without training. While training for athletics or arts has value, Paul says training to live a godly life has far more value yet.
- For some reason, the idea of needing training to be godly seems to strike a resistant chord. There is an unidentified assumption that just hanging around church or Christians long enough will make you godly. It’s as though spiritual maturity is merely a consequence of passing the time. As most will attest, that doesn’t necessarily happen. That would equate to being able to run a 5 minute mile just by sitting in the stands watching enough track meets. Living appropriately requires training appropriately.
- Describe a training regimen in which you’ve participated. What did you achieve?
- Why do you think people believe spiritual maturity just happens as we age?
- How have you gone about encouraging others to train in godliness?
PRAY: Commit yourself to whatever is necessary to become godly. Pray that your maturity includes growth in the Christian life. Ask God to help us stay focused on spiritual development.