IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: BODILY EXERCISE PROFITS LITTLE, GODLINESS ENSURES ALL ROUND PROFITS
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto 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. . . . Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”
LET it be remarked that the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ neither undervalues nor overvalues this present life. It does not sneer at this life as though it were nothing; on the contrary, it ennobles it, and shows the relation which it has to the higher and eternal life. It does not overvalue it by making this life, and the secular pursuits of it, the main object of any man; it puts it into an honourable but yet a secondary place, and saith to the sons of men, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Godliness will make a difference in your life and also enable you to make a difference in the lives of those around you. The Bible says godliness is profitable in all things. This is talking about prosperity for the whole man—spirit, soul, and body. In addition, the Bible says that the profit godliness brings is for this life and the life to come. And the profit that godliness brings in this life includes more than just finances and material profit.
Notice particularly verse 8: “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.” Although bodily exercise does profit, the reason it “profiteth little” is that it only profits in one area of your life and only for a limited time.
Godliness” simply means living for God. And how do you live for God? By doing exactly what Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:12.
When you live for God, you will see a difference in your life—in your job, in your family, in your finances, and in your health. Godliness is profitable in all things. You will also see a difference in the lives of those around you. Godliness pays!
Godliness ensures promotion, but you still have work to do. Unfortunately, God has been unable to promote many people. He wanted to bless and promote them. He wanted them to develop and grow. He wanted their profiting to appear to all. But they didn’t apply themselves. They were too lazy or slipshod.
When you live for God (and that includes being diligent and hardworking), God will promote you. He’s on your side. He’s not against you. Now if you just whittle away your time, it won’t work. But if you apply yourself and believe God, He will promote you.
Godliness Ensures Prosperity
Godliness not only ensures protection and promotion, it also ensures prosperity.
Of course, when you use that word prosperity, people think about the natural realm—about financial and material prosperity. That’s true, but it actually means “to prosper in spirit, soul, and body.”
According to the Bible, your physical, material, and financial prosperity depend on your spiritual prosperity.
3 JOHN 2
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH [that’s physical prosperity], EVEN AS THY SOUL PROSPERETH.
If you want to see a difference in every area of your life, and if you want to make a difference in other people’s lives, godliness is the key. Living a godly life will make your way prosperous, and you will have good success—spirit, soul, and body! With godly living you will receive divine protection, promotion, and prosperity!
“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.” In the days when Paul wrote this epistle, the Greeks and others paid great attention to physical culture, the development of the muscles, the proportion of the limbs, the production of everything in the body which might conduce to the soundness of manhood. The philosophy of Greece all looked that way, and hence at the various gymnasia bodily exercises of an athletic and even violent kind were undergone by men with the view of developing the body, and so assisting the soul. It may be that Timothy being yet a young man, fancied that there was something in this philosophy; and something indeed there is, and in the original the apostle Paul admits that it is so, for the passage might be read thus: “Bodily exercise verily profiteth a little,” or thus, “Bodily exercise profiteth for a short time.” Physical training is of some service; attention to it is not sinful nor to be condemned; it is of some use and has its proper place, but still it has no very eminent position in the Christian system, it occupies a place far in the background in the teaching of Christ and his apostles; it is but a minor part of a complete education. It profiteth a little, a little, for a little time; but godliness, the worship of God, the fear of God, hath a long and wealthy entail of blessing, having the promise both of the life that now is and of that which is to come; its profiting is not little but great; its benefit is not confined to the body, but is shared by the body and the soul, it is not limited by this mortal life, but overleaps the grave and brings its largest revenue of profit in the world where graves are all unknown.
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” God bless you, for Christ’s sake.
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