The Bible as Personal Trainer

Tim Brown

READ : Philippians 4:1-9

All Scripture is God-breathed and is profitable for . . . training in righteousness . . . (2 Tim. 3:16)

When the apostle Paul tells the Philippians to “Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,” he is not only urging them into action; he is also telling us something very important about the Bible. The Bible, every last chapter and verse, is intended to be applied to our hearts and demonstrated in our lives. Seen in just this way the Bible is our personal trainer.

The last of Paul’s four “profitables” of the Bible gets us up off of the couch of inaction and onto a street called obedience, where the Christian life is always intended to be lived out. Jesus saw things just this way too. Among the many things he said to his disciples on the night he was betrayed was this serious challenge, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them” (John 13:17).

My grandmother once taught me this song as a child, “I love Thee my Master and that Thou must know, but how much I love Thee my actions will show!” My grandmother knew what the Bible and St. Paul wanted. “Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.”

PRAYER

We are your servants, Lord. Call us to obedience in Jesus’ name.