Train Yourself For Godliness

You will not grow in the Christian life by doing nothing.

Paul writes to Timothy, “. . . train yourself for godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7). He then says, “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12). Paul is saying that you will not drift towards godliness, and faith is a fight. You can’t win the fight if you haven’t been training. 

Mark Driscoll puts it this way, “Salvation costs you nothing; discipleship costs you everything. Salvation occurs in a moment; discipleship take a lifetime. Salvation is something God does for you; discipleship is something you do with God.”

Salvation:

God sent his son Jesus to live the life we could not live and die the death we deserved to die. Jesus, fully God and fully man, lived the perfect life and died on the cross, in our place, for our sins and ultimately rose from the dead.  We are sinners and deserve God’s wrath and are separated from God. By turning from sin and believing & trusting in Jesus, our sins can be forgiven and we can have true life in him. There’s nothing we can do to earn our salvation. All you need is need. This is free. It costs you nothing. Jesus did the work for you.

Discipleship:

For the rest of our lives after our conversion we are to seek God with all that we are. This is a grace-driven effort. We become like what we worship. By worshiping Jesus through Bible reading, prayer, serving a church, fellowship, corporate worship, etc., we become like him. These are spiritual disciplines and we must joyfully train ourselves in them in order to become godly.  Godliness doesn’t happen on accident. This is not free. This will cost you your life. You do the work with God.

God is not going to make you read your Bible, pray, serve, etc. That is something that we must train ourselves to do. Just like A.W. Tozer once said, “You are as close to God as you choose to be.”

Train yourself. If you do, by God’s grace, you will be able to say with Paul at the end of your life, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Tim. 4:7).

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6 thoughts on “Train Yourself For Godliness

  1. May I ask if you can reply on the following story on Mark Driscoll as it leaves me in the dark and some of my children likes to listen to him as well, I don’t know him and haven’t heard much of him but someone sent me this link and told me to be careful, I just got to this blog through FB and found the stuff really relevant but came to a remark you used in this passage by Mark Driscoll and thought maybe you can help; http://teampyro.blogspot.com/2011/08/pornographic-divination.html

  2. Thanks for sharing. Let me start by way of preface and say that I absolutely love Mark Driscoll’s teaching and ministry and I support him 100%. He’s had a tremendous influence on my life, and God has used him to impact me in many ways. His sermons are Christocentric, theologically accurate, biblically faithful, and all-together helpful. I would recommend that your children continue to listen to him, and would also suggest that you start to as well.

    Now with the video, it’s important that we look at the sermon in context of the sermon series that they were currently going through. On this particular day, Driscoll was preaching on “Spiritual Warfare.” Furthermore, it’s important to note that Driscoll has gotten a TON of criticism in the past. Most of it is unfair, some of it is true and helpful. With that said, people seem to jump on every little thing he does, though most of it come from people jealous of his platform and the way God chooses to use him.

    In the video, I believe in what Driscoll said. I have heard similar stories from other Christians and have seen God move miraculously in the supernatural. We should never put limits on how God may choose to speak to someone. In this case, it’s important to note that Driscoll continued to say, “It’s supernatural. I can’t explain it.” Sometimes when God moves among us words cannot fully describe the incident. We try our best to explain it but ultimately cannot and that’s when confusion, false accusations, and unnecessary blog post in response occur.

    Hope that helps.

      1. You have helped me before and recommended Mark Driscoll. So someone shared a video with me on Mark teaching on money: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-NXaPwk64cY#! Now I’m looking for the passage Mark is revering to about the poor widow giving generously towards the cause of the Gospel and being declared exceedingly righteous by Jesus Christ now I’ve search high and low even asked the other people that commented on the video even my facebook friends but got only one reply that said he heard it in John. Now if you would maybe be so patient and help me for it seems as if you know Mark’s teachings and your bible as well. Thanks Peet

    1. 41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.[a] 43And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

      David it can’t be this passage for what verse is it where Jesus declares the widow exceedingly righteous and where does it say she gave generously towards the cause of the Gospel, for she did not, as all can see, gave generously, she gave it all. Mark’s teaching is about “How to use money Biblical” Now can you honestly say this passage in the Bible if used or revered to is put in the Bible to teach us “How to use our money Biblical” and so become righteous poor people. Now this is where it is getting interesting for this is the passage I believe Mark is revering to but are not only quoting it totally wrong but are using it totally out of context, now where it is getting more interesting is how do you comment on this for Mark already in this teaching showed how he uses and abuses the Bible and his position to amuse his listeners. Now are you only going to give me something relevant or are you going to give me something that you really listen to, went to your Bible and gave an answer on with the Spirit of God giving you real Biblical direction. Now lets forget Mark is teaching, for as you said you do support him 100%, and look at the video again from the beginning to the end, then go to our Bibles, as we must do to see if what is taught is Biblical, not defending a person but look at this teaching and weigh it against the Bible and then tell me this is not rubbish, saying things like Jesus was righteous and rich because He came from heaven, saying not to work hard and smart and have life insurance and a retirement fund and not investing and saving makes a person a unrighteous poor person, but to give generously towards the Gospel makes you exceedingly righteous. So I don’t want to know your position on Mark, that you have already given and I have no problem with it, but I would like to get your position on the teaching in this video clip if the Bible is your standard, and I hope it is.

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