01.03.17 – New Year’s Day

1 Timothy 4:7-9
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, 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.  This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.
At the beginning of the new year we often reflect on the previous year and look to the road ahead, as to how we could make this year a better one, resolving to lose weight, eat better and generally improve our lives.  What can you do to actually ensure your year of 2017 is a different one?  There are a lot of myths and old wives tales around that we can succumb to, and they’re especially tempting at the beginning of a year.  The idea that you could determine the outcome of the year ahead by doing good and therefore just getting good.  However, when it doesn’t work – when you do good but then things happen that aren’t good the myth is realised.  No long lasting satisfaction can be found in placing our trust in such myths.  Myths take out our need for the cross, our need for a saviour – our need for the gospel.
Timothy says that yes it will profit you a little to physically work out.  But is it the only thing that’s worth investing in?  What about your spiritual life, which has consequences in the future, not just now.  How do you train yourself to be godly?
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