1 Timothy 4; Isaiah 38-39; Psalm 119:121-144
We have become obsessed with physical fitness. While our jobs have become office bound and sedentary, we use our off time to go to the gym, to walk or jog in the park or in the streets, or ride our bikes to get exercise. If you don’t believe me, just look around: look at the streets any time of day, drive by the gym, or look at a Facebook feed.
This isn’t a bad thing, mind you. Our bodies need that activity. We need physical training. Even more so, though, we need training in godliness. “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For 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 4:7-8)
As our society has moved away from God’s standards in some areas, we have seen problems crop up. A major reason for this move, though, can be attributed to Christians who have failed to live their faith on a daily basis. We are called to live quiet, godly lives. Instead, we are either loud – especially about other people’s sins, or we live our faith on Sunday, but then go along to get along the rest of the week.
Society has changed their tune as they look at us, too. It used to be that they, rightly, attacked a faith that was lived to the fullest on Sundays, but didn’t affect lives the rest of the week. Now they demand that we keep our faith confined to Sundays. God still calls us to be examples of His love and grace each and every day. Godliness influences a society for good in quiet, subtle ways. If we want to change society for the better, we need to look at our own lives and focus on godly living.
Lord, it’s so easy to look at others and condemn, or complain about our society as a whole. Remind Your followers of who You have called us to be. Help us to live quiet, godly lives and be a positive influence on our world.