In recent news, an order was passed that only those IPS officers who are ‘fit’ will be promoted (Read here). I was wondering why such ordeal was passed? It’s not a surprise that IPS officers’ job profile really needs to be strict with physical fitness; one cannot take it casually or take the guard down. With the advancement in technology everyday, criminals keep updating themselves. If the officers are not fit, the whole system will eventually collapse.

But in India, it is indeed a very prestigious job but the zeal or passion of some people dry after joining the forces. There can be multiple reasons for this: corruption, politics, lack of vision or having no focus on serving but rather looking for selfish gains. Some of these officers join the forces just to earn money and respect. Few of them are sucked into the dirty politics played by some powerful leaders, while others are too lazy to continue with the same physical fitness which they had achieved through strict discipline. Once these officers are selected for the service, it’s very hard to remove or throw them out of the system. Hence, they take advantage of this situation and their job, being casual about physical fitness which ultimately results into being fat and lazy. Maybe, sometimes they are unable to handle the job stress, but that can never be an excuse for being unfit. It is a vital part of their job profile to stay fit.

Having said that, I wonder if the same applies to our spiritual life. We are energetic and enthusiastic when we encounter Christ for the very first time; we want to go out on the streets and shout that “He is the Lord!” Yet, slowly that zeal dries off and we become nothing but a regular church going nominal Christian, not blaming everyone but ask yourself:  “Are you fit to be promoted? ”

Let’s us look at what Paul advises on this –

To Timothy he writes:

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”                           – 1 Timothy 4:7-9

After that, in the following verses, he says:

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.  Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:12-16

Need we say more? It’s clear that we cannot take lightly what the apostle Paul has commanded us with those heavy words, “devote yourself and being diligent and training ourselves to be godly.” It is clear that this command is not a one-time effort but an ongoing process because Paul ends the passage saying, “Persevere in them.”

Let’s look at the meaning of those words:

Devote: (verb) give all or most of one’s time or resources to(a person or activity) Diligent: (adjective) constant effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. Persevere : (verb) continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.

What do you think, are you fit? Enough said, all three words demand action. Check yourself and ask God to help you to stay focused, never ever take the guard down and continue to stay fit in things the Word commands us.


3 thoughts on “ARE YOU FIT TO BE PROMOTED?

    1. Thank you for reminding us..truly as believers we need to be spiritually fit as we share and live out the kingdom principles!
      Great article Sushant!


  1. I have fun with, lead to I discovered exactly what I used to be taking a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye


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