Worldly fables and old women.


But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;
(1 Timothy 4:7 NASB)
for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
(1 Timothy 4:8 NASB)
It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.
(1 Timothy 4:9 NASB)
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
(1 Timothy 4:10 NASB)



Coming near the close of this Pastoral Epistle we find a contrast in what it means to be living the godly life. The godly life is one which involves spiritual discipline. Should we sit around and gossip with the old women? No, we are to show self-discipline and be prepared for godliness. Is this a bodily discipline? No, because that is not eternal, rather we are to be disciplined in our relationship with Jesus Christ. It is the relationship that is eternal! Only the eternal should be worth our focus and attention.



It can become incredibly easy to become caught up in the small talk of the world. Why would the author of this letter specifically point out older women and fables? Just go to any church gathering and there are more senior women around than there are men! That's just a normal reality of life, women tend to live longer than men. So what happens when a group of retired women get together? What are they doing with their lives? Most of them sit around and talk and tell stories of what's going on -- or share thoughts on how the younger generation could be handling things, etc.

There are times when people, no matter what age or gender, act this way in regard to their spiritual lives. We want to hang out together and gripe about things without any intent of improving anything. We just like to hear ourselves gripe! How in the world do we avoid this? By finding something useful to do with ourselves and with our time, and doing something useful doesn't necessarily refer to simply being busy, but it relates to the spiritual realm. We need to be willing to be self-disciplined enough, throughout all of life, to make our relationship with Jesus Christ the most important factor in our lives. We will never be too old to spend time with our Lord! We should never be too busy to spend time with him! We should never have more important things to do than to be with him! (Because there is NOTHING more important -- even doing good things!) It is good if this discipline can begin early in our lives so that when we do become older, we are not drawn away by the temptation to gather with the older women and share fables. Instead, we will be so enticed by the intimacy of our relationship with Jesus Christ that we will desire him more than anything in this world. The result is that we may not hang out with the crowd, but instead, will be about Christ's business here on earth until the very day that we go home to be with him in heaven.

Avoid those worldly fables and old women!!! That discipline begins even today.



Lord, please help me to enjoy the intimacy of fellowship with you on a daily basis. Amen.


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