I Timothy 4:8 says, "for bodily training is just slightly beneficial, but godliness is beneficial for all things." The Bible says there is some value in physical training and exercise. It is important to keep yourself physically fit, but it is not more important than staying spiritually fit. It is good for you to have an exercise plan for staying physically healthy, but it is more important to stay on your spiritual training regimen. Here is your spiritual exercise for today.
We will be getting to 1 Timothy pretty soon. For now, you still need to finish 2 Corinthians. Paul has more to say about walking the Christian walk and "taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ," (II Corinthians 10:5). As you read II Corinthians 8-13 today notice what Paul has to say about our attitude toward giving. Enjoy God's Word.
"Now I say this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows generously will also reap generously." (II Corinthians 9:6). We understand that if a farmer wants to have a bumper crop he can't be stingy with the seed. If he gives up more seed now, it will pay greater dividends when the harvest comes in. This principle applies to many aspects of our walk with God. If you are stingy in how much time you devote to prayer and Bible study, you cannot expect to reap big rewards when it comes to a rich relationship with God. If you are stingy with the time you devote to your family, you cannot expect them to be close to you. If you hold back in the offering you make at Sunday services, you will reap sparingly as well. On the other hand, if you sow generously, you will reap generously. Can you think of other areas in your life where this principle applies?