According to the Book of 1Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having a promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come”.
When you say that a person is Godly, it means that the person has the fears of God in his or her heart. We are living in an era when our society totally lacks the fear of God when they do things with reckless abandon without recourse to the fear of God.
We are living in an era when our society totally lacks the fear of God when they do things with reckless abandon without recourse to the fear of God. Also, we are living in an era when the conscience of men and women are sealed with a hot iron that they commit all sorts of unimaginable atrocities in the name of human rights.
However, in the midst of all these, is there any reason to live right and fear GOD? There is every reason to live right and fear GOD from the depth of our hearts.
From all indications, it may appear that there is no reason to live right and Godly, Paul said something in 1 Timothy 4:8 “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
First, let us consider the life of Job as can be seen in Job 1:1” There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”
As a result of the lifestyle of Job, God made his substance to increase beyond measures. This can be seen in verse 3 “His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yokes of oxen, and five hundred she-asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
Secondly, let’s look at the story of Joseph in Gen 39:7-9 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph, and she said, Lie with me. But he refused and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
From the story of Joseph, he would have enjoyed sinful sexual pleasures with Potiphar’s wife as other young men of our time would have done, Joseph refused it as he regarded it as a sin against GOD.
For that reason, God elevated him to the post of the prime minister of Egypt. Do you think that Joseph would have risen to that position if he had committed adultery with Potiphar’s wife?
Thirdly, look at the story of Esther as can be seen in the book of Esther 2:1-2, which says “after these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her. Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king.
In this story of Esther, the first criteria for consideration to be chosen as a replacement for Queen Vashti were that the lady must be a fair young virgin. If Esther was not a virgin, she wouldn’t have been considered at all. How many of our young ladies of her age today are still virgins?
Fourthly, the same chastity applied to Mary as can be seen in Luke 1:26-31: And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus
In the above story, the major reason Mary was considered as she was a virgin. My dear, let’s strive to live right and godly because it is profitable both now and in the world to come. To live right and godly, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Godliness is profitable in all things and at all times. Shalom.