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Like Riding a Bike

Posted by David DuBois on April 14, 2022
[And Jesus was saying to His disciples], "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful"  (Luke 6:35-36).
Have you ever taught one of your own children how to ride a bike? Sometimes it can become a very interesting feat, but you can enjoy the journey and memories as you are teaching your child. I can remember running behind just in case my child fell to be there to fix any wounds and to be ready to help them get back up if they fell.

This is somewhat of a picture of how Jesus teaches us believers both Law and Gospel. The Gospel is God's promise that Jesus will always catch you when you fall. No matter how hard you fall or how far you fall or how often, Jesus will catch you. He died for you. He lives for you. He sends His Spirit to uphold you because He cares for you. And, when the Gospel makes us God's children by faith, Jesus continues to teach the Law. Why? It's like teaching a person to ride a bike. Just like Jesus who believes He can make people who love God and love others. Law and Gospel are the two reins of His teaching, wrapped around us. He cares for us right now, and about the people, we will become.

Our children had some great falls riding bikes, and there were moments when the handlebars went sideways or the bike went out of control, but they were snatched up out of the ruin, by me picking them up and comforting them. Do you remember when you first learned to ride a bike? There was a moment when it was like a switch inside you flipped on. What was once impossible became effortless. And when the switch is flipped, you never forget it. But until that moment came for our children but they still needed someone holding the reins.

In our own life, it's the same with the followers of Jesus. When you hear the teachings of Jesus, some days you can catch a glimpse of His vision of His plan. The switch is there, ready to be flipped. Because God's Spirit lives in us, we can be like Jesus. And one day we will be, completely, when Jesus returns to restore all things. What was once impossible will become second nature. But that day is still to come. And until it does, we still need Jesus to take the reins. 

In the meantime, Jesus keeps teaching. And one day, He will say of His church something like what you may have said to your children when they were learning to ride a bike. "Hang on and keep pedaling, you can do it, don't stop trying, you will get it. Trust me in what I am saying. You will get it." 

Dear Jesus, help me to be more like You this day and catch me when I fall. Amen.
Pastor Dave

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