Don’t Fear Godliness!

“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4.8

It is very easy to skim through this verse and make some clever remark about maybe needing to exercise. But the meaning found in this verse goes much deeper than a casual thought about “bodily exercise.” Take a close look at this phrase: “godliness is profitable unto all things …” In 1 Timothy 6.6 Paul addresses this concept of godliness again: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Some people hear the word “godliness” and run from it because it seems far too confining for life to have any fun in it. But we CANNOT gloss over these two appearances of the word here in 1 Timothy. First, “godliness is profitable …” So, what is godliness? Is it some pious look with somber face and and serious look for others to see? Or dos it have something to do with WHO controls my life – my decisions, my desires, my thoughts, and my actions? If my life reflects “godliness,” then God must be in total control of all that I am. Paul’s second statement further embellishes the idea of godliness: “godliness with CONTENTMENT is great gain.” “How does contentment reflect godliness?” you ask. To find contentment in Who God is, How God operates in our lives, How God supplies each need, How God protects us, and How God demonstrates His unconditional love, is to find such peace and joy in just “letting God be God in our lives.” Let’s not RUN from the concept of “godliness,” but rather let’s seek God’s face and ask Him how we CAN be more like His Son each day, and thereby demonstrate to this lost world the “godliness” of which Paul speaks. Just My Thoughts  …

Pastor Jerry


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