In 1Tim 4:8 it says: “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” From this verse we can learn that it is godliness that is the most profitable for us because it is through godliness that we have the promise of eternal life. Therefore knowing this, we should strive diligently to ensure that we are doing everything we can to live our lives in a godly manner which is form or pattern to follow (2Tim 3:5) and true one (1Tim 6:3,11).
Finding True Godliness
We can find true godliness only in the gospel. In 2Pt 1:4, Peter writes: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
When we open the pages of the NT we find what God expects of each of us as we journey through this life. He fully expects that we live our life in accordance with His will (Mt 7:21, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”).
When we are determined to live godly then it will show in our daily walk, which everyone in the world will be able to see (Titus 2:12, “teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,”)
Why Live Godly?
There are several reasons why we must strive to live a godly life. The Bible teaches that ungodliness is condemned (Jude 4:15, “to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”)
When we live an ungodly life, we will NOT get the opportunity to live forever with God. We need to live a righteous life because it is so undeniably profitable (1Tim 4:8, “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.”) and commanded (2Pet 1:6, “to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,”). We can live godly by denying sin (Titus 2:12, “teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” ), professing our faith before others (1Tim 2:10, “but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.”), and by practicing living a Christian life daily (1Tim 4:7, “But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.”).
The Results of Living Godly
When we live a godly life, doing all of God’s will, be ready to suffer some persecution. Paul told Timothy: “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” Understanding that this will happen, we should gain strength through His Word because godliness will result in great gain (1Tim 6:6, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.”), and the promise of eternal life (1Tim 4:8, “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.”).
Are you living your life in such a way that it “professes godliness?”