Summary: What we invest in, in this life, we should make sure it has eternal dividends!!
Faithful Saying-Paul is going to be giving his young preacher boys some topics that they should preach on, these topics had been and should be preached on time and time again, so much they had become sayings, just like we have sayings.
1 Timothy 4:8-9-For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.
Training your body helps you in some ways, but serving God helps you in every way by bringing you blessings in this life and in the future life, too.
A athlete would exercise with determination to win a contests or prize, so Paul is telling Timothy to exercise his heart, mind and soul in godliness.
As athlete spend time in training and bring his body under subjection (Running farther, lifting more, jumping higher) we are to bring our body under subjection
Mind… Philippians 4:8-Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things
Tongue…James 1:26-If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.
A stressed out woman on a busy street was tailgating the local postmaster made his way home from work. Suddenly the light turned yellow and the man did the right thing and stopped. At this the tailgating woman hit the roof and then her horn screaming in frustration. As her tirade went on she heard a tap on her window and there stood a police officer. The officer ordered her out of the car, arrested her took her downtown to booking, fingerprinted her and placed her in a holding cell. After a couple of hours the officer returned and apologized for the ordeal. Explaining “I’m very sorry for this but when I came up behind you while you where laying on the horn and cussing a blue streak at the guy in front of you I noticed your WWJD licenses plate frame, your follow me to Sunday school bumper sticker, and your Chrome plated Christian fish emblem. Seeing these and your actions I simply assumed that you had stolen the car.
Body-Romans 6:12-14-Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
We are to read our bible, study our bible, memorize our bible, and do good works, not only is this beneficial for us but also for others!
Not only will you grow in strength in your own spiritual walk, but because you know God’s word, you can help lighten someone else’s load…( When they are going thru a difficult time in their life, you are able to remind them of God’s promises).
Having Promise Of The Life That Now Is And Of That Which Is To Come-All this we are suppose to be doing for the Lord, will not only help us in the here and now but also in the hereafter!
Frank, my half brother, spent most of his life in prison, he was muscled up, he said that was all they did in their spare time was lift weights, He picked up a 283 Chevy engine and sit it in the back of a truck, but even with all that strength he had (I was very envious), he could not fight off death and when I stood beside his casket, I wonder if he ever got right with Lord, like he said he was going to do, when I spoke to him last!
The man who ran marathons, and was in perfect physical shape and yet was hit by a car while he was out for his morning run.
Life is short but eternity is forever! (The Movie Theater Killings, who would think something like that could happen)
What we invest in, in this life, we should make sure it has eternal dividends!!!