(Sorry this is late. Cannot find a WIFI access as there is none inside my hostess’ house)
Last night I started reading the book of 1 Timothy. What a treasure trove of truths. I want to focus on one. Paul’s instruction for his young son in the faith is applicable for us right now. 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.”
As I read this verse the Holy Spirit glued me to ‘all things’ which immediately brought the definition of ‘all’ to my mind. It means without exception. Then my mind took off racing from one verse to another.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I thought of some other words that also mean no exception. Praise the Lord for this one! Romans 10:13 says, “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
I want to go back to this truth: godliness is profitable for all things. Contrast that to John 6:63 that says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing…” All versus nothing. Each thought, action, habit, and attitude hinge on whether we walk in the Spirit or we walk in our flesh.
2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.” At salvation we are equipped with all that we need for our entire life’s journey.
Yet, using and implementing what we have is predicated on getting to know the Lord. Our depth of relationship with Him grows as He takes us through our progressive sanctification. It is His engrafted word, swelling with buds of truth, that brings radical transformation. There is no spiritual growth by osmosis.
Here is another verse. It helps us understand that our Masterful Orchestrator is in control of every and all aspects of our lives. Ephesians 1:11 says, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”
He brings us to where He wants, connects us with the folks that are instrumental to challenge our faith to stand, and He redeems all the things that we have and will go through. Nothing is in vain. Everything He does is absolutely and inequitably profitable for our good.