Sometimes life as a Christian can become a real drudgery. I feel a lot like I am besieged on all sides, and I struggle with “the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul” (1 Peter 2:11). Sometimes, I even envy unbelievers for being able to live life however they want to. All these thoughts come about when I lose sight of the reason why I believe:
1 Timothy 4:7-10
7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 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 to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
Each day, thousands of students head down to the Co-Rec to work out so that they can be healthy and look good. However, once their bodies wear out and die, this exercise will have been useless. But if we train for godliness, it will help us immensely not only now, but through all eternity. There is so much promise, so much potential, in the pursuit of God.
Ultimately, it has to be the pursuit of God that drives us. My faith tends to devolve into rote actions and behavior — endless tasks with no goal in sight. It’s a recipe for depression. I need to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus — to set my hope on God. I need to remember that regardless of my training toward godliness, it is God who is my Savior, not me. God is alive and active in saving me each day, and there is a goal which I will reach at the end of my life — it is to be in the presence of “the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God” (1 Timothy 1:17).