The heavyweight world champion was in training and adapted to rigid rules. All fighters know the need to discipline their bodies before they enter the ring. They follow a strict diet, exercise and rest in preparation for a big match. Temptations arise; friends coax them to bend the rules. If they are smart, they’ll refuse. “No; I’m in training!”
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NAS).” Before I find myself on the ropes, training in righteousness is essential. God’s word prepares me for His work and witness!