Rather 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 Tim 4:7b-8 ESV
Practice is the way to mastery, whatever the endeavour. Do you want to become fitter, learn to play golf, become a guitarist, do oil paintings, learn to weld? First you need to learn the techniques and then you need to practice them. Practice, practice, practice! Only as you put in the hours you will become better at it! Nothing happens by itself! Paul uses the word for physical training here when he says that we also need to “train” spiritually. How else will we learn to pray but to pray? How will we internalize God’s Word if we don’t read, repeat, memorize or meditate it? How will we learn to serve if we don’t turn up next Saturday morning at the church’s outreach? Everything that is worthwhile comes through effort, practice and discipline. If we’re not prepared to approach the spiritual life with discipline, we will remain immature. How sad!
Lord Jesus, my relationship with you is worth every effort. Help me to revise my priorities! Amen.
Look again at your priorities!
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