“Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
At last the waiting is over – World Cup 2014 is finally here!
Whether you love it and will be anchored to the armchair in front of the telly, or you hate it and will be vacating the living room during match-time, it’s here, and some of the fittest young men on planet earth have gathered in Brazil to produce, hopefully, a footballing spectacle.
The teams who qualified have all kept in good shape since last season through their training camps, so that peak fitness will be achieved at the right time – and the physical prowess and stamina of these professional sportsmen is certainly impressive.
However, such prowess and physique is undeniably transient – as seen by the heroes of previous tournaments who will be sitting on coach’s benches or in commentary boxes. This is what the writer points out in our Text of the Week. There is certainly value in physical training. However, godliness (which we might define as love for God, trust in his Son Jesus Christ and obedience to his commands) produces a spiritual fitness that does not diminish as we get older, but may even grow.
Not only that, but such spiritual fitness is also good for the life that is yet to come; that life which we receive by faith.
So go on – put in some training that will build you up eternally.
Rev. David Randall,
Free Church of Scotland, Falkirk