“For bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 1 Timothy 4:8,9
Paul compared pursuing physical strength to pursuing spiritual strength. Paul noted that the pursuit of physical strength was of limit value, eternally speaking Because the body eventually dies, and with it all the strength we gained.   
But the spirit is eternal, so the strength we obtain spiritually will persist into eternity. Therefore pursuit of spiritual strength, which Paul calls godliness, is a much greater call. It brings benefits now and into eternity. Pursuit of godliness is our highest goal and must take priority over any other pursuit. 

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