In Training: 1 Timothy 4:8
Professional athletes tend to be fanatical when preparing their minds and bodies for the “big event.” Some athletes go through a rigid daily regimen that includes resistance training and cardio exercise. Others carefully monitor their diets using scales to weigh and measure food. Regardless of the techniques used by individual athletes, the goal is typically the same: victory. Whether the individual is running a local marathon or competing for an Olympic medal, he or she usually seeks to win. Paul instructed Timothy on the finer points of training rituals as well. He urged Timothy to train to be godly, for physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV1984). In other words, the short term victories associated with races and games are temporal, but the eternal reward associated with godliness holds promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8 NIV1984).