Summary: “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
Show video “Resolve”
I want to discuss two words with you today. Those two words are “resolve” and “resolution”. Resolve means, “To come to a definite or earnest decision about.” At the first of the year, we resolve to take actions to improve our lives. Some popular ones are to lose weight, to stop smoking, to exercise more, and numerous others. To reinforce our efforts we make resolutions to achieve these goals. The word resolution means “the mental state or quality of being resolved.” In other words, we determine in our minds to make a definite decision to improve our lives. Unfortunately, as we heard in the video, only 20% actually achieve those goals that they set for themselves.
This morning I want to challenge you to resolve to achieve a goal this year that will build you up spiritually. Paul instructed Timothy, his young protégé that “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)
I want all of us to resolve to begin a spiritual workout that will benefit us as individuals and as a church body. So let me introduce you to the “From Faith to Love Workout Program”. This program is detailed for us in 2 Peter 1:3-11.
As you begin a workout program, you want to look in a mirror and see what you have to work with. This can be painful. However, we make a pleasant discovery as we examine our condition in God’s mirror. “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
According to the Bible God has supplied us with everything we need to be successful at achieving our goal. We have been given the tools in the form of promises to enable us to be godly and to escape temptations. Things look promising in God’s mirror.
Next, we begin laying out the program and how we will achieve eight steps to achieving godliness. The program is found in 2 Peter 1:5-7. “In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone”
If you begin a physical workout, the first item on your agenda will be your muscle mass. We all have this. It just that with some of us our muscle mass has become hidden quite well. In our spiritual workout, the first item on our agenda is “faith”.