What is Better Than the Benefit of Physical Exercise?

There is a great benefit of physical exercise. Some benefits include increase energy, weight management, strengthens muscles, help build the immune system, and helps us look and feel better. But these are benefits are temporary, lasting only while we live here on earth.

For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. I Timothy 4:8

Shouldn’t our priority be on godliness, exercising our spiritual bodies, since it has benefits for now and eternity?

The Minimal Benefit of Physical Exercise

Physical exercise profits little in two ways: extent and duration. In extent, it benefits only the body and not the spirit. In duration, it's good only for a short time. You could spend years getting yourself in shape, but as soon as you let up, you immediately start losing what you've worked so hard to achieve.

The Maximum Benefit of Spiritual Exercise

Godliness is profitable not only for the body, but for the soul as well. It's profitable not just for a brief time, but for this lifetime and the rest of eternity. If you're going to make a New Year's resolution, don't resolve to go to the gym three times a week if you're not spending time in the Word of God every day and cultivating godliness.

The present benefit of spiritual discipline is a fulfilled, God-blessed, fruitful, and useful life. If you get involved in spiritual exercise, the blessings of godliness will carry on into eternity. Although many people spend far more time exercising their bodies than their souls, the excellent servant of Jesus Christ disciplines himself spiritually.

Godliness is the process of strengthening your “spiritual” immune system, which prevents you from getting sick “spiritually”. We strengthen our physical immune system with things like a proper diet, exercise, and rest. In the same way, spiritually, we need a good diet (God’s Word), exercise (obedience to God and His Word), and rest (dependence on God in prayer).

There is nothing wrong in enjoying the benefit of physical exercise, but they are temporary and don’t help your eternal soul. To enjoy an abundant healthy life here on earth and in eternity, godliness must be our focus and priority.

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