Scripture:

1 Timothy 4:7-9 Have nothing to do with irreverent silly myths.  Rather train yourself for godliness; 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.

Observation:

Paul is encouraging and reminding Timothy of the importance of having spiritual discipline. Spiritual discipline is to be done out of response to love for God not legal adherence to the law.  Godliness is of total value for how we live each and every day and our holds our hope of eternity in heaven with the Father.

Application:

I must take Paul’s advice for Timothy on the importance of having spiritual discipline in my life and understand this as truth giving this the full attention it deserves.  Our time is too valuable to be misled, lose our focus on the gospel and our response to follow Jesus.  While physical training is important, it is not to be accomplished at the expense of my spiritual health.  My present life, the life lives of others and our hope must be on Jesus.  I have to live this for myself daily and model to teach others.

Prayer:

Father,

Thank you for the truth in your word.  Let your Spirit guide me to fully accept and implement spiritual discipline in my life not out of legalism but in response to your love.