Friday, May 30, 2014

Did you forget the beginning?

On my bicycle ride tonight, a friend told me about something special our friend Glen did.  Glen is a fellow cyclist.  She told me that Glen gladly stayed back, on another group ride, with a rider who was slower/new to the group.  

The important thing to know about Glen is that he did not forget the beginning.  Allow me to explain :)  I think it was 4 years ago...when we first met Glen on a ride that began from our home. Glen wasn't discouraged that many times he was in the back of the rest of the riders - he wanted to become a better rider.  Each week, he would show up.  Maybe you have guessed, over time, Glen moved from the back to the front riders.  His time with the group and his own discipline of riding paid off.

Back to what my friend told me tonight about Glen.  Glen always shows a great attitude to ride with any new rider or someone who may not be as fast as the rest of the group.  

I couldn't help but see an analogy through Glen's experience early on.  Just as Glen has not lost his compassion for those who are not yet where they 'could' be....we should not lose or zeal to bring people to a better place (through knowing Christ).

This reminded me how it was in the beginning, for those who have chosen to put their trust in Jesus Christ.  Jesus comes in, floods us with a new life, His life, full of love.  A brand new thing has occurred as our heart is now changed.  I have heard it said that it is like winning the lottery and you cannot but help to tell everyone...."I'm rich!"  That is a natural example, but coming into a relationship with Christ does makes us alive and full of hope that you want to tell others how Good He is (share in the riches)!

You are God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9 NIV

As Christ followers, we should be like Glen.  We should remember the beginning.  Remember that we were once in a place where we didn't have it all together...but someone was there to help us along to see there was more through Christ.

Did you forget the beginning?  Have you been lulled to sleep (by the busyness of your life) that you have forgotten what He did for you and how He flooded your life with His life?

If so, be reminded today of the light that you do walk in.  Remember the analogy of Glen giving to others who were once where he was so they can experience something greater.  Give of the light that you have so someone else can come into something greater - eternal life!

And, if you do not know Christ today, the good news is He loves you.  This day can be your day to go from darkness to light.  From seeing not only with your physical eyes, but now seeing and understanding Him because of a relationship with Christ.  He paid the price for you on the cross, and it is your decision if you will put your trust in Him.  Choose to turn from your sin that separates from a Holy God.  Today can be your brand new start of an amazing lifetime relationship with Him :)

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.  1 John 5:20 NIV