Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “A prosperous life”
Our Bible verse for today: “… rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Be an inspiration for others.”
Now that we’ve spent an entire month considering what a truly prosperous life looks like from God’s perspective, I’m sure you realize that a life that is lived well, a life that is truly prosperous in the ways that really matter, has much more to do with character than it does with wealth or possessions. Wealth and possessions are nice to have, and they can be good tools to be used in helpful ways by wise people, but wealth and possessions mean little if they’re not coupled with a life of godliness, integrity, and good character.
This is a point the Apostle Paul stressed to his young protégé Timothy. As Paul guided Timothy in his spiritual growth he repeatedly placed heavy emphasis on character, reputation, and relationships. His point to Timothy was that he was to lead a life that set a good example for others, and which would inspire others to live in a like manner.
To teach his lessons Paul often used vivid word pictures, especially metaphors that stressed toughness and dedication. For instance, to help teach the point that the Christian life lived well requires discipline and training, in his second letter to Timothy Paul used the example of a brave and faithful solider (2:3-4); a skilled and well trained athlete (2:5); and a hard working farmer (2:6). What those professions have in common are the virtues of training, dedication, toughness, hard work, and diligent persistence in order to be successful at them. The Christian life is like that too.
Does that describe your life? Are you committed, dedicated, and disciplined? Do you work hard, strive for excellence, and stick with a task until it is successfully completed? Can people count on you, and are they inspired by the outstanding example you set?
As we conclude our study of “A prosperous life”, a life that is lived well and which is successful in ways that really matter, I want to encourage you to prayerfully consider any adjustments you need to make, and then to incorporate those changes into your daily routine. As Paul taught in his letters to Timothy, living a godly life that is thriving and successful in meaningful ways is a learning process. We train ourselves for it by incorporating the right spiritual disciplines and activities into our lives, and then doing them over and over again until they become routine.
I pray you will live a life that is truly prosperous, and that it will be an inspiration to everyone who knows you.