BIBLE READING: I Timothy 4
8 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.
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
No, I am not going to comment like you think I am about the whole bodily exercise thing. We all get a kick out of that. In that verse, however, is a wonderful statement that is often overlooked.
“HAVING A PROMISE”
What a wonderful statement. Having a promise changes everything. Living life with a promise, and living life without a promise, are two very different things. God has given us many wonderful promises.
“OF THE LIFE THAT NOW IS”
We do not just have promises for our eternal life, we have promises for this life. Yes, we have a lot to look forward to in eternity, but we have much to enjoy and accomplish in our life now. It would be a shame to paint a picture to people that serving God will only have its rewards after we die. We need people to understand that serving God makes this life worth living.
“OF THAT WHICH IS TO COME”
Here is a statement that proves there is life after death. “That which is to come”. It is coming whether you believe it or not. It is coming whether you like it or not. It is coming whether you are ready or not. If you are saved, you have a promise given to you for that which is to come.
I just love verse ten:
“For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God..”
Instead of you and me complaining about the things we must go through, let’s give praise that we do not have to go through them alone. We have a God that we can trust. And because I can trust him, I can trust the promises He has given me for this life, and the life to come in heaven.
“who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” Do you believe?