"For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come".
We have been given two roads to choose from. A wide path and a narrow path. A path of some value or a path of value in every way. We choose between a life that pursues some value and reaps some fruit on the earth or a life that is devoured to His value in every way and reaps fruit on earth and fruit eternally.
I have spent many years running on the path of some value. I devoted everything to. Vain pursuit and it reaped...some value. But that "some value" that I did reap, it blew away in the wind. As soon as I grasped it, it was already gone. It went away with the sunset and was buried in the grave. What is to show for the hours of time spent training for some value? Nothing.
But there is a better way, a way that we were created for. We were created to train, to fight, to push and to go. God created us with a drive, and when we surrender it to Him, He produces value in every way. We've been given an eternal mission to run with endurance for and may we run with every ounce of strength we have. I love the quote "I want to get to heaven breathless". It portrays a life that is radically devoted to training for godliness. I can get to heaven breathless from chasing the world, or chasing God's mission.
My decision is made, I've chosen His mission, and it's time to run.
Application: Today I am praying that I run today in such a way that if I was face to face with God today, that I would be breathless from a day spent running with endurance for His mission. If this is my prayer and heart each day, my life will be a life lived breathlessly for the sake of the Gospel.