Romans 3:21-31 – Riding a Tandem Bike

Eyes speak so easily, Lord.  Let the eyes You’ve created for me master the words, “Jesus loves you.”

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“Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners…and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us.  Out of sheer generosity, He put us in right standing with Himself.  A pure gift.  He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where He always wanted us to be.  And He did it by means of Jesus Christ.  God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin.  Having faith in Him sets us in the clear.”  (v 23-25 MSG)

You did it, Father.  YOU did it.

There I was trying to live well, but I’d continually fall in the muck of sin.  I’d keep trying and keep slipping, then down I’d go.  WHAT a sight!

It’s the same story for every human.  No one can live a sinless life here.  You knew that; yet You desire holiness in us, because You are holy.  So, YOU made the way.

You designed a most elaborate yet simple plan for cleaning us all up once and for all.  You chose the perfect timing, the appropriate means, and set it into action … You came to earth, crawled then walked on the earth, lived among those on the earth, and died at the hands of some on the earth to save us all over the earth.

Thank You for Your generosity and fantastic gift of love through Jesus!

“God does not respond to what we DO; we respond to what God DOES… Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting Him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade… God sets right all who welcome His action and enter into it.”  (v 26-30 MSG)

Yesterday, while driving home You gave me such a simple picture of this.  I met a bicycle along the road.  I caught only a glimpse of the riders, but that image still lingers in my mind.  It was a tandem bicycle with a dad at the front, peddling hard as they headed into the setting sun.  Behind him was a little girl, who was peddling also, her young legs looked like they were giving all she could.

Now, I’m aware of what it takes to make a tandem work– a “bicycle built for two”– as I remember the one my dad built when I was not much older than that little girl.  The person in the front steers–that’s the primary role there, since that’s where the handle bars are attached.  The person in the back has the key position for making the bicycle go, since the peddling from that seat is in such direct contact with the rear wheel, where the drive sprocket is.  The back seat rider goes where the front seat rider leads.  Together their peddling makes the ride more enjoyable and the tough spots more bearable.

Jesus, that’s me on the bike with You.  I’m with You, Lord, and I’m making the pedals move.  I’m trusting You to steer and to take us down the roads You want me to go along.  You know the best way and I choose to go with You, as You make me just like You along our journey.  Amen.