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Be Wholly Fit.

1 Timothy 4   Isaiah 38-39   Psalm 119:121-144

“Train yourself in godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7). There is great emphasis placed on the value of physical fitness, and rightly so. Today’s readings, however, remind us that we are much more than physical beings, and that being wholly fit is vital to our eternal wellbeing. See it in Hezekiah’s prayer, “I have walked before you in faithfulness with a whole heart” (Isaiah 38:3). Recognize it in the word of the psalm writer, “Truly I direct my steps by all your precepts” (Psalm 119:128). And pay close attention to the outlines of such spiritual fitness in 1 Timothy 4.

“Set the believers an example” (1 Timothy 4:12). “In speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Originally written to young Timothy, the instruction applies to all who believe. And, as in physical fitness, the goal is reached only through a daily discipline of “paying close attention” to ourselves and our practices. Are we nourishing ourselves “on the words of the faith and of the sound teaching” (v.6)? Are we “giving attention” to reading the scriptures together? And to teaching and exhorting one another? And are we exercising the gifts that are in us? (v.13,14). As in physical training, so also in spiritual training: Fitness is not achieved accidentally or half-heartedly, but intentionally and with whole-hearted commitment. And at the heart of it all is the Word:

“The unfolding of your words gives light” (Psalm 119:130). Every spiritual fitness program begins with the discipline of daily nourishment in God’s Word. And continuing in the Word is critical to every effective spiritual training plan. There is, honestly, no substitute for this practice; to be wholly fit, those who enter the story must stay in the story! May you be inspired and encouraged by God’s word this day. May you pay close attention to yourself and your spiritual training program. And may you be wholly fit both in this life and the life to come. Amen.

“Train yourself in godliness,
for while physical training is of some value,
godliness is valuable in every way,
holding promise for both the present life
and the life to come.”
— 1 Timothy 4:7,8

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