“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:8-10). Today you don’t have to convince people of the importance of physical exercise. Gyms are everywhere. Sports of all kinds are wildly popular. The virtues of running and walking are well known. The Apostle Paul, in his travels through the Roman Empire, undoubtedly saw a lot of athletes and competitions. With his mind on the spiritual, he teaches us the importance of learning from exercise. Why is it that so many believers speak about faith while at the same time don’t “practice” their faith? As a young Christian I was surrounded at church by people who practiced a daily devotional time with God. They set aside time (usually in the morning) for reading and meditating on the Bible and for prayer. This practice became such a part of my “routine” that I feel weak and spiritually “run down” when I neglect this. Don’t misunderstand me…the routine isn’t what saves us or keeps us. Jesus is the Lord. He is the One we need. The reason I have devotions each day is to communicate with Him, and to listen to His voice through Scripture. The morning exercise of prayer and Scripture helps me stay strong through the day. I become sensitive to others and my environment. The Lord helps me keep my mind on Him as I say yes and no to the many thoughts that come my way. I also practice my faith by getting together regularly with other believers because I know I am stronger with them than without them. My encouragement to you is to practice your faith. Get yourself in the habit of presenting yourself before the Lord. Exercise yourself to quietly wait in His presence. Remember the words of Paul who taught us that godliness is of great value! Keep practicing your faith!
Pastor Mark Boucher