One report indicates that 49.6% of American adults get physical exercise at least 30 minutes per day, three days per week; and 18.5% get physical exercise one or two days per week. (statisticsbrain.com, source WedMD, research date: 1-1-2014). Perhaps, you are one of these – but do you exercise spiritually?
1 Timothy 4:8 says, “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” Brother Roy Deaver has put it this way, “If there is a life after this life – and there is; and if every accountable person shall stand in judgment before the Christ – and each shall; and if this life is given us that we may prepare for the life to come – and this is the case; and if the Bible is our only and all-sufficient guide in making preparation for the judgment, and the life to come – and it is; then, it has to be the case that a knowledge of the Bible is the most important factor in the life and education of an individual” (How To Study The Bible, p. ix) Certainly, our spiritual needs are infinitely more important than our physical (Matthew 4:3-4).
And so, I ask, “Do you exercise spiritually?” How often do you read and meditate upon God’s word?”
As the Psalmist said, so should we, “More to be desired are they than gold, yea than much fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10). And as Job said, so should we, “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). And notice the words of Psalm 1:1-2, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the paths of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.” 1 Timothy 4:13 instructs, “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
May we all develop a love for the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10), so that we may present ourselves “approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15).