Daily Readings & Thought for November 22nd. “TRAIN YOURSELF FOR GODLINESS”

Today’s readings.. (Nehemiah 10), (Amos 2), (1 Timothy 4,5)

We constantly see and hear reference to athletes and other sportsmen being in training.  For many, it is something they do daily, especially just before a competition, so as to to build up their muscles or other skills and bring them up to peak performance.  During our lifetime we have seen new records being set again and again.

We thought of this as we read Paul’s advice to Timothy, “Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life that is to come” [1 Tim.4 v.8],   We must read over that verse again and fully absorb and see the reality of Paul’s point – indeed, memorise it.

How much effort do we put to that challenge to train ourselves for godliness?  How do we do it?     Many will answer ‘by reading the Bible every day’   True, but how do you and I read?

God’s word is food for the mind, it needs to be chewed over and its meaning fully absorbed – and then put into practice.  The more we read, thoughtfully, meditatively, the more we realize the breadth of thought our minds and hearts need to absorb.

How much do we skim over it?  It is so easy to do – and we do not notice spiritual malnutrition nearly so quickly and easily as physical malnutrition.  Paul also told Timothy, “be a good servant of Jesus Christ being trained in the words of faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed” [v.6]

Athletes compare their abilities with each other, but that could, in a spiritual context be like comparing “lukewarm” attitudes.  Our comparison should be with men like Titus and Timothy or women like Mary and Dorcas.

Finally, and most importantly, the “race” we are running is one in which we help each other, so that all receive the prize (read 1 Cor.9 v.24-27)

A small group of young Christadelphian brothers have taken the time to produce this valuable resource for the brotherhood and beyond, they are using the Bible reading planner developed by Brother Robert Roberts called The Bible Companion. The Bible Companion (or Bible Reading Planner) is a guide developed by the Christadelphians to aid reading the Bible. It was first produced by Robert Roberts when he was just 14 years of age, in about 1853, and revised by him over a number of years into its current format. Most Christadelphians use this plan each day and it was designed to help you read the old testament once and the new testament twice each year. These readings which we feature are recorded using the KJV or the NKJV of the Bible and we hope will be helpful to those who may struggle with time or who have poor eyesight.

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