This past Saturday I participated in yet another bicycle ride. Yes, I really do love riding my bicycle. There is so much to love…good exercise, a simple form of transportation, and a great way to meet new friends. When I ride my bike I experience so much joy and a sense of freedom that is hard to duplicate. I love bicycling so much that I actually paid a bicycle club money to ride 160-miles across (West to East) the state of Indiana this weekend. I love bicycling so much that I am willing to endure sunburns, extreme fatigue, dehydration, and even risk my life with a culture of distracted drivers.
WHY?!?! Why would a person do something like this? Why would someone spend so much money and time and risk so much for a HOBBY?! It is true, it does not make much sense and the only real response I have is that I love it. The positives outweigh the negatives for me. The best analogy I can come up with is family, marriage, or childrearing. You love your family/spouse/children so much that you are willing to deal with all the bad stuff because life is not as good without them.
So if we are willing to go to far extremes for things and people we love why are we (me included) not as willing to go as far for Christ? We endure suffering for things that we love but if we are honest with ourselves are we really willing to suffer for Christ? 1 Peter 4:16 states, “ Yet if any of you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God because you bear this name.” In Act’s we read about the disciples leaving a court elated with joy because they had just been beaten because they would not stop sharing the Good News of Jesus. Acts 5:41 “As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.”
How far are you willing to go for Christ? Many of us say that we are willing to go to the ends of the earth and even willing to die but most of us end up being more like Peter who denied Jesus again, again, and again. We are called to be followers of God’s son who loved us all the way to His death on a cross so let our lives show it!
While suffering on my bicycle this weekend I was convicted that I must do more for God. All Christians must do more for God. We live in a hurting world that needs the hope of Jesus. We must be willing to work hard for God for there is no greater task/work/job in the world. Together we must go further in our faith and our witness so make a plan and go out and change the world in the name of Jesus who is and will forever be our savior.
As always, thank you for reading this far and I pray everyone has an amazing week.