Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Discipline and Godliness

"On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."1 Timothy 4:7b-8

Kari Beougher
Our culture today focuses so much attention and media on ways to lengthen life. Eating organically, getting the proper amount of exercise, avoiding certain food, drinks, and habits, etc. We are bombarded with new ways to be as healthy as possible and live life to the fullest extent. And yet, this passage reminds us of how temporary life truly is. Bodily discipline is "only of little profit" with benefits "for the present life."

 Believers certainly have a responsibility to take care of their bodies. However, the discipline of godliness is the only discipline that holds the promise of eternal life. Reading God's Word, prayer, Scripture memorization, worship and service are the only truly lasting disciplines. Godliness is "profitable for all things."

What will we focus our attention on today? What disciplines will occupy our thoughts and time? Today may our relationship with the Lord and pursuit of holiness be our priority.