Godly Exercise

I Timothy 4:7,8

With the Olympics in full swing, I thought it might be interesting to look at how the apostle Paul uses the example of physical exercise to illustrate a great spiritual truth. The Greeks put much importance on bodily exercise, because athletic events were of great importance to them.

What is most important here, and the lesson that we must learn, is that Christians should put as much effort into the exercise unto godliness as these athletes did into the exercise of their bodies.

What is godliness?

Godliness can be broken down this way:

How does a Christian exercise for godliness? This can be seen by studying the athlete.

The athlete exercises his muscles.

The athlete exercises to build strength, endurance & power.

The athlete disciplines himself to exercise.

The athlete carefully watches his diet.

The athlete gets the rest he needs.

For the athlete, the end result of his exercise makes him able to compete. The Christian who exercises, and lets his faith be exercised will be a "workman that needeth not to be ashamed." cf 2 Tim 2:15

The athlete can only use what he gains from exercise in THIS world, but the Christian doesn't live for what this world offers, but for what God promises in His Word.

"For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." (1 Tim 4:8)

"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content." (1 Tim 6:6-8)