Exercise Thyself Unto Godliness
FOCUS: Exercise Thyself Unto Godliness.
BIBLE READING: 1st Timothy 4:1-8.
SERMON BY: Mr. Forster Opoku (NUPS-G KNUST Chairman).
Paul wrote this message to encourage Timothy by giving him the instructions to right living because of false doctrines whilst also making us aware of the false doctrines in our time and admonishing us not to give in to teachings which are not of God.
Godliness means living like Christ or living out Christ in you. To exercise is from the root word discipline. To be discipline means acting against your feelings to attain a higher goal or discarding hindrance to achieve a continuous goal. Discipline is a continuous process. Just like athletes who submit themselves to constant training and exercises in order to win medals, so must we as Christians submit to the teachings of God in order to be godly.
In this era, people are preaching so many doctrines that if we fail to read the word of God we will stray from the truth. We can exercise ourselves unto godliness as Christians by constantly feeding on God’s word, constantly putting our faith in Him and constantly seeking to communicate with Him through prayer. 1st Timothy 4:12–13 tells us not to let others look down on us and confuse us with their false doctrines because we are young. In addition, Acts 24:16 tells to keep our conscience clear before God and man like Paul.
From 2nd Timothy 3:12, we learn that everyone who wants to live a godly life will be persecuted. However, we find hope in 1st Timothy 4:8, which tells us godliness is profitable on to all things both in the future and present. Psalm 37:4 and Psalm 84:7 reiterate this by letting us know that those who delight in the Lord get the desires of their heart and grow from strength to strength.
Mark 10:30 sums it all by reminding us of the promise of eternal life should we yearn for the gospel of Lord. Therefore as Christians, we must eschew false doctrines and myths, embrace godly teachings and profess godliness.