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To: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 7:27 AM
Subject: Getting fit
1 Timothy 4:7...Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
There is a lot of emphasis in our culture on fitness and that's a good thing. Jogging, swimming, walking...fitness centers with all kinds of machines. Life goes better when we feel better and also live longer. Fitness is a very good thing.
But how about spiritual fitness? The apostle Paul is challenging us to "train for godliness". While not neglecting the physical training we ought to prioritize spending time training our minds and hearts just as we train our bodies. We don't need to invest in expensive equipment or clothing and we don't need to drive to a gym. We need to reserve time to engage in spiritual conversation with our maker. He speaks to us through the Bible. We speak to Him through prayer. He prompts us to review our inner person for anything that is out of alignment so we can confess and be realigned with Him and He guides us in our interactions after He has helped us with inner actions. When the inner person is whole and healthy the quality of life mirrors the atmosphere of Heaven and actually prepares us for eternal living while helping others find life.
So we need to be fit for this life and for "forever living". Both kinds of fitness call for discipline and dedication.