1 Timothy 4: 7-8
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.
Nobody else does it, why should I? Do you ever hear those words or say them to yourself or even think them? Sometimes, it can seem as if the whole world is doing what they want–whether it’s right or wrong. Sometimes it can seem as if you’re the only one doing the right thing even when it’s difficult–especially when it’s difficult.
The truth is it can get tiring and frustrating.
And really what difference does it make anyway? Right? Wrong! This verse tells us why we should strive for godliness and righteousness. Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. Living a godly life isn’t just about our rewards when we get to heaven. It’s about our present life on earth as well.
It’s true that Christianity isn’t about rules but a relationship with our Creator but…. that doesn’t mean we should ignore God’s principles. He doesn’t give them to us to make our life miserable. Quite the opposite actually. Living by God’s principles will reap a harvest here on earth. It may not seem that way sometimes but that’s because we want what we want when we want it.
I became a Christian as a teen-ager but like so many I turned my back on God and thought I knew how to make good choices for myself. The more I made choices based on what I thought was right, the more of a mess my life became. It was only when I turned back to God and started sowing godliness in my life that I began to reap the rewards of better choices in my life. And now I love my life–even with all the physical struggles that come from having brain tumors!
Nobody else does it, why should I?
Why? Because God’s ways are always the right choice!