In two previous posts I have noted from 1 Timothy 4 some ‘Spring Training notes’ from the apostle Paul. Exercise discernment was the first, Run toward hope was the second. Now we must Lift The Heavy Weights.
Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. ~1 Timothy 4:11-12
In becoming a godly person we are also becoming an example. People who are inspirational examples are almost always those who are not trying to be. They are just doing the right things and not worried about calling attention to themselves. I think that’s the way it is with godliness. I’m much more inspired by the quiet servant than I am the braggadocios yapper who is always pointing to himself. Godly people are setting the right example for everyone else!
A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example. -Joe DiMaggio
You are leading someone else – even if you are unaware of it! For good or bad, you are a leader to someone. Let it be for good. Godly examples lift heavy weights:
*Speech – how hard is that to control…honestly? Very! James has a lot to say about controlling the tongue. While training for godliness, don’t overlook this heavy weight exercise!
*Life – what message is your life sending? What is really important? Your priorities are showing.
*Love – your relationships – are they leading you closer to Christ? Are they leading
others closer to Christ? It all comes back to love. If you take love out of your New Testament, it becomes a much smaller book.
*Faith – trust God through the tough times as well as the easy times. Training yourself in godliness requires building up your faith to a strength level that will carry you through rugged days of disappointment and discouragement.
*Purity – in this corrupt and filthy world? If we are going to be godly, we cannot also be impure. Don’t let past failures keep you from building up your strength in resisting the temptations of the world.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. ~Philippians 2:14-16a
It is vital to take Spring Training for Godliness seriously because intentionally building up our souls is the only way to grow in Christ. How seriously are we lifting the heavy weights? Are we excusing ourselves from the difficult tasks?
Before I pitch any game, from spring training to Game 7 of the World Series, I’m scared to death. ~Curt Shilling
Godly fear that motivates us to do our best is a good thing.
Spring Training for Godliness…
*Lift the heavy weights
More to come. Thanks for reading. John