Day 1 // Train Yourself to Be Godly
Read 1 Timothy 4:1-10
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 Timothy 4:7
The older you get, the harder it is to stay in healthy physical condition. You must be intentional and committed to regular exercise and healthy eating.
All professional athletes and weightlifters go into strict training if they want to see results and win in their competitions. These athletes work hard to keep their physical bodies in excellent shape as they work to improve their skills. If an athlete competes at the Olympic level, this type of training consumes them. It shapes their entire life’s schedule!
Paul’s challenge to Timothy is to enter into a different type of training. Not training our physical bodies for strength and skill, but rather training our souls for godliness. You and I were created in God’s image. You and I were created to be godly. Sin has broken and hidden that image in a variety of ways, and it’s going to take a lot of training on our part to live godly lives.
Living a godly life means you are becoming more and more like Jesus in your inner character and outer conduct. It means you are making your decisions based on what pleases God. This type of living does not happen automatically just because you have faith in God. You need to train for it.
This week, God is going to place you in situations where you will have the opportunity to be godly. Pay attention to your attitude and the way you interact with others. Ask God to give you an awareness of his presence with you this week as you start your training!
DAY 2 // God Provides All We Need for Godliness
Read 2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness … 2 Peter 1:3
God is a provider. It is who he is. It is part of his character to give those he loves what they need for life … and godliness.
There are many things that God does to provide for our lives and spiritual growth, but there are three very important things that God has provided for you that you must take advantage of to train yourself in godliness.
#1 God’s Word
To use some athletic training language, God’s Word is like a playbook - God’s wisdom and instruction on how to live, while at the same time revealing who he is. You need to spend regular time in God’s Word to grow in your knowledge and relationship with him. The writer of Hebrews tells us that “the word of God is alive and active” and that it “judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
And Psalm 19:7 tells us, “The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.”
#2 God’s Spirit
We could think of the Holy Spirit as a divine Coach. In John 14:16 Jesus refers to the Spirit as the Counselor, and in verse 17 he refers to the Spirit as the Spirit of Truth.
In John 16:5-15 Jesus describes the work of the Holy Spirit as bringing conviction regarding sin and righteousness, helping you discern what is wrong and what pleases God. The Holy Spirit guides you into truth and also acts as a comforter to your soul.
Pay attention to the work of the Holy Spirit in your life as you move throughout your day. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you, guide you, and empower you for godly living.
#3 God’s People
What would training be without teammates? God has placed you in a community of unique individuals who make up the body of Christ. Every person following Jesus has been given special gifts that encourage and equip each other to fulfill the commands of Christ and bless the world with the good news of Christ.
As the church, we are in community together trying to fulfill this Great Commission that Jesus left us with. As we gently press into each other, we form one united thing, His church. As we work together, sharing the space God gives us to do His work, we all become shaped a little different. We all become a little more like Him. Jennifer L. Lane
God created you to exist in community where you will be challenged, corrected, encouraged, and empowered to become more like Jesus. Pay attention to the people God has placed in your life. How can you encourage and challenge them this week? Who is challenging and encouraging you?
DAY 3 // Find Out What Pleases God
Read Ephesians 5:1-21
Today is a longer reading for you to go deeper into God’s Word. Spend time reading the first 21 verses in Ephesians chapter 5 and highlight (or write down in your journal) all the things mentioned that please God.
Pay attention to the “Do not…” commands, as well as the “Do…” commands. I counted approximately 30 things that please our heavenly Father. Take some time to prayerfully invite the Holy Spirit to examine your life and reveal any changes you need to make.
Day 4 // God’s Grace Teaches Us
Read Titus 2:11-14
It [grace] teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age … Titus 2:12
There is phrase used in this passage that is as true today as it was when the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to Titus. The phrase “this present age” refers to the challenge that you and I face as we are pursuing godliness. None of us will drift into godliness. We need to train for godliness and we need to be taught, by God’s grace, how to live godly lives in an age filled with temptations.
True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it. William Penn
God’s grace is not just some magic word that covers sin and gives us a license to sin more (Romans 6:1). God’s grace does offerforgiveness of sin, but his grace also teaches us to say “No” to sin.
As we receive more of God’s grace we will be learning how to live godly lives. We will become more and more transformed into the likeness of Jesus. We will start to live as if Jesus was living through us. We will not become more separated from the world, but be a Christ-like presence in the world as we carry out the mission of Jesus. Pay attention to the lessons God’s grace has been teaching you.
Day 5 // Instructions for Godly Living
Read Colossians 3:1-17
Today will be another longer reading going deeper into God’s Word. Read the passage listed above and highlight (or write in your journal) the ways we are called to live like Christ. Meditate and pray through these life-giving instructions.
If the God of heaven is occupied with us, how many thoughts should we also have of that God? It is only as occupied with God and with Christ that we can be unworldly. G.V. Wigram
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