Like Riding a Bike

“So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen as an apostle to replace Judas in this ministry, for he has deserted us and gone where he belongs.” Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven.” (Acts 1:23-26)

The other night in community group, one of the topics that came up was how the remaining 11 Apostles post Jesus’ ascension to heaven chose the one to take Judas’ place. Did they draw straws? Did they roll the dice? Pick a number from 1-10? Inevitably, the question then was so how do we make decisions? What’s the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives when it comes to decisions?

My favorite answer of the night was, “We make things way too complicated. If we had a healthy prayer life, it would be easy to know what God wants us to do.” (rough paraphrase) But I love this answer cause I think she was definitely on to something.

When we place our trust in Christ and surrender the lordship of our lives to Him, a beautiful thing happens. He “set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Cor 1:22) We have the Holy Spirit living and breathing in us, transforming the very nature of who we are! Working to make us more like the Son. So much so that it becomes second nature for us to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled. So no longer is it WWJD (sorry), but we naturally know what Jesus would do, cause that’s what we would do.

I remember when I first learned how to ride a bike. I remember the training wheels. And boy was I glad they were there as I didn’t quite have it figured out how to balance that darn bike. And then we took one off, but it was good to have it there to occasionally lean on. Then it was just me and the bike. No more training wheels. I didn’t have to think about how to lean my body, or balance so I wouldn’t fall over. Riding the bike down the street to play with friends became second nature.

No one ever said living the Christian life was easy, but it can be really simple. Walk by the Spirit, and the life that God intended and created us for will be like riding a bike.

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Deja Vu

Tony Scott. The director that brought us great profound movie lines like “I don’t like you because you’re dangerous.” “That’s right! Ice….man. I am dangerous.” Or good mind numbing action dramas like “Crimson Tide” or “Enemy of the State”. “Deja Vu” did not disappoint. I enjoyed it for several reasons. Denzel. Enough said. The movie was filmed and released in New Orleans while I was living in the city post Katrina. And the never-gets-old idea of time travel. But something that really stuck out to me was a simple dialogue exchange that happened twice in the movie.

Being a follower of Christ, my desire is to know Him and love Him as best as I can. Integral to that is to love others as best as I can. And in loving others as best as I can, it would only make sense to share with them that which is most important to me, that which promises a fullness of life, that which promises hope and freedom.

In my line of work, talking to students about Christ inevitably yields a wide range of responses. More often than not, students choose to pursue their own “god”, be it their success, material gain, social acceptance, etc. When I wrestle with our responsibility in evangelism, or challenge the students involved in our ministry with evangelism, a common thought always comes up. My friends just don’t seem to be responding to the gospel. I’m afraid I might offend them. Should I keep sharing?

Tony Scott has directed his fair share of movies and definitely knows how to entertain. But one thing he showed me in “Deja Vu” was that he understood another simple truth that so many Christians often forget.

“What if you had to tell someone the most important thing in the world, but you knew they’d never believe you?”

“I’d try.”

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