1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV) For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
Paul is making the comparison between physical exercise and godly exercise, if you will, to make a point to the Ephesians who were physical fitness junkies. They were dedicated to physical exercise, and they devoted most of their free time to it. There are people who are that way today. Their church is the gym. They put more emphasis on physical fitness than the things of God. They spend more time in the gym, on the track or road, at the ball park, etc. than they do in prayer and studying the Bible. Paul is telling us, lets put things in the proper ratio. Make sure you are spending more time with God than you do on yourself. And this principle can be applied to anything that stills away the time that we spend with God. The time we spend with God in prayer and studying His Word are more profitable than anything that takes our time away from God. Because “godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” My friend, spending time with God through prayer and studying His Word helps us to live a godly life. And it will benefit us not only in this life here on earth, but it will benefit us in eternity as well. But if we live a careless life rather than a godly life, then we will find that there will be consequences here in this life and even in eternity. My friend, are you more anxious to spend time with God than anything else that you can do doing your free time? Whatever the things that takes time away from God will end at the end of this life, but the things of God are carried over into eternity. Put things in the proper ratio, my friend.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.