Train Yourself To Be Godly

  • 1 Timothy 4:7-8 .. train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Word says that godliness has value for all things and for the life to come. Value means importance or preciousness. If we think of how much an athlete trains for things that have value only for this life, how much more should we pay attention to godliness in our lives and train ourselves when it not only impacts this present life but the one to come. Godliness is not a one-time thing. It’s an everyday training to please our Father and to make a difference for His kingdom. We need to exercise godliness in thought, in words and actions. They need to conform to the Word.

How to train yourself to be godly:
  1. Spend time in the Word daily and let it teach you, rebuke you, correct you and train you. When it says to do something, do it. When it says not to do something, don’t do it.
  2. Read the Gospels and look at Jesus’ life. Look at what He did and said and do likewise.
  3. Spend time praising and worshipping God daily. Humble yourself before Him and allow your time with Him to transform you.
  4. Be guided by the Holy Spirit in all you do. Develop an everyday relationship with Him so that when you’re about to do something wrong, you’ll hear His still small voice, His gentle whisper inside you. If you haven’t developed your spiritual ear, He won’t be able to lead you and warn you.
  5. Train yourself one decision of obedience to the Word at a time, whether it be in thought, in speech or in action. Every word out of your mouth and every action is training ground for godliness.
  6. Set spiritual goals that will allow you to develop godliness in your life. We often set goals for our careers, family, finances, etc. but we neglect setting goals for what is most important, our spiritual lives.

Call to action:
Identify an area that needs improvement in terms of godliness (e.g. television programs, coarse joking, spending too much time playing video games, gossiping, etc.). Train yourself to change in that particular area. Seek God’s help as you do. For example, if you’re watching a television program and something inappropriate appears, the Holy Spirit will prompt you to turn it off. It’s then your decision to obey or not.