Tuesday August 14, 2018
1 Timothy 4:6-10
6 If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. 7 Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 9 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. 10 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.
The passage above is talking about verse five where it says, “For we know it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. “It” is referring to all things. He continues on to tell Timothy to quit arguing over silly things. Take that energy and willingness into faith. Train for what lies ahead.
Baseball is a long season. It puts a lot of strain and fatigue on your body. We work out like freaking football players during year to prepare our bodies for the length of the season. It starts with two a day lifts in the summer, six a.m. lifts in the fall, and max lifts in the winter. It is no joke and it is definitely not fun. When we head into the season, we have confidence and stamina to endure because of the daily training. This can directly translate to our faith.
We must train for godliness and work towards growing closer with Jesus. What does that mean? The best way it was explained to me is this; Image a bucket of water with ten holes in the bottom. In order to keep the bucket full you must continue to put water into the bucket, otherwise it runs dry. Our walk with Jesus is the same. We must fill our bucket daily in order to remain full. How do we do this?
Prayer. Worship. Reading the Bible. Talking about Jesus to others. Watching a sermon. Listening to a podcast. There are so many small things we can do during our days to fill our bucket and continue to grow close to Jesus. All we have to do is be consistent and intentional.
Is my bucket full or empty?
What are ways I can start to fill up my bucket daily?
Dear Lord, remind us you are always with us. Give us new ways to grow closer to you daily in order to bring glory to your Name. Amen.
Have a great day!