A few months ago, I went with some friends to work out at local boxing gym. To say they kicked my butt would be a major understatement. At one point when the bell rang for water, I sat down to take a drink. As soon as my butt hit the chair, an instructor was right there to yell at me, “We ain’t got no time sit! Get to work, son!” At least my first session was free! Some people pay the instructors to yell at them.
I have some friends who are incredibly physically disciplined. Their diets, their workouts, even their sleep habits are strong and their physique proves.
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul says that physical discipline is important…but not as important as spiritual discipline. Here’s how he says it…
“…train yourself for godliness; 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.”
1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV
One day, the body you worked so hard to perfect will breathe its last, but your soul will live on. The question for us to consider is which we are investing most in?
The message Paul is trying to convey is not to neglect physical discipline, but more so to put a higher priority on spiritual discipline. The good news is, spiritual discipline will change you now and in the future!
After all, what does it profit a man if he gains a six-pack or can do some squats, but loses his soul?