How Do You Train for Godliness?



“For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance.” 1 Timothy 4:8-9


This morning I went on a run. I was probably full of sinful pride as I rolled out of bed and somehow put my shoes on the right feet. I stumbled out the door and spent 30 beautiful minutes admiring God’s creation at hours only crazy people usually see.

I have begun training for a race in February and have made it my goal to accomplish my first half marathon. I’m not telling you all this to gain attention, but as I was running this morning, I began to reflect on the past week and how rough it had been. My week had been full of more downs than ups, and I admittedly sulked each day, just trying to survive from one day to the next. During this time, the Lord really began to work on my heart. In His grace, He gently reminded me I had virtually spent no time in prayer, snippets in the Word, and I was by far not training myself for godliness, only selfishness.

Godliness doesn’t just happen overnight. To be a godly person, to understand sanctification, we must understand it is a process. We must discipline ourselves to grow. Discipline includes time in the Word, time in prayer, and discipline about what we allow into our minds and hearts. Just like certain food isn’t good for an athlete, some forms of entertainment aren’t good for our hearts.

How are you training yourself for godliness? Are we expecting God to do all the work? Sometimes like any discipline, it can be difficult, but like Paul tells us, godliness is beneficial in every way because it holds promise for not only the present life but life to come. Where are you at this week? Begin this week to seek discipline, as it is beneficial in every way.


Father, forgive me when I expect You to do all the work in my life without any effort on my part. I am so thankful You have drawn me to Yourself, and while my works don’t determine my salvation, spiritual discipline draws me closer to You and makes me more like You. Help me to live this week disciplined and with an eternal mindset. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn

How do you train for godliness? Spend time this week intentionally praying that God would help you to gain discipline in godliness, and thank Him that the benefits go further beyond this life.


Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.

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