My oldest son, Dominic (9), taught himself how to ride his bicycle as a two-wheeler at the age of 5. One day he decided he wanted to take off his training wheels. He asked his Daddy to help him learn how to ride without them. Jason tried to help him, but Dominic couldn’t quite balance himself on the bike without falling over. He was got quite exasperated with both himself and his Dad, so Jason gently ended the lesson and told him they would try again sometime. Dominic didn’t want try to ride or ask again for help for several weeks. One weekend while Jason was finishing up mowing our lawn Dominic finally asked again for help. Jason promised he would help him as soon as he finished mowing the lawn. Dominic became impatient (after waiting about only 5 minutes) and attempted to ride the bike himself. After several attempts resulting in hard falls, a bruised knee and scraped elbow; he got back on, stayed upright and rode down the street.
Unfortunately, I didn’t actually get to see this happen and neither did Jason. We both missed out on that exciting moment of holding on and getting to let go and watch him ride down the street for the first time. We didn’t get to see that look on his face when he realized he was able to do it. I didn’t get to take a picture to immortalize the moment forever. What. A. Bummer.
I was excited for him that he was able to now ride a two-wheeler and proud that he worked hard and learned how to do it by himself, but I remember as a parent also feeling like we missed out on that “rite of passage” in boyhood. Why did he try to do it by himself; couldn’t he have just waited for our guidance and support ?
How often is it we attempt to “accomplish works” without guidance and support from God and “have faith in our flesh” apart from Him? How often are we the child on the bike, attempting over and over to ride down the street ourselves? How often do we fall, bruise and cut ourselves because we are trying by our own power to “do?”
(Gal 3:2-3) “Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?”
We know we can’t restore ourselves to God without Christ. So, why do we allow anything else to rule instead of Christ within us? Why do we make decisions based on worldly desires and not based on Christ’s truth? Why do we continually choose to live by false gods, instead of by the grace and blood of Jesus Christ?
Instead of riding the bike ourselves let’s ride a bicycle built-for-two. We aren’t meant to ride alone. Let’s stop living in fear and allowing the world to steer our bike into the paths we shouldn’t take that make us fall and hurt ourselves. Let’s throw out the one-rider bike and buy a whole new one; one built-for-two that allows Jesus Christ in the front seat to steer our direction.
Are you willing to let go of the fear that is stopping you from living a Spirit led life?