Learning to Ride the Bike

By Mike Diack

An analogy for church, and growing spiritually

Rev 3:20  Lo, I have stood at the door, and I knock; if any one may hear my voice, and may open the door, I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Gal 6:15  for in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Gal 5:16  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Being 'new creation focused' has as much to do with finding sin to confess as learning to ride a bike has with recording the scratches from falling off it.

The whole purpose of being given this bike is to ride it, and grow competent.

Christ in you' (Gal 5:17  for the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.)

Back to the analogy: If we were ever given a first bike, that 'parent' or father, had a purpose – for us to graduate to a bigger bike, no trainer wheels, overcoming fear, and then, perhaps going on biking adventures together . It's a much bigger picture than riding round the same block, same scenery and same old thing.

Imagine, there's a bike shop; going once a week to drool at all the cool things isn't going to satisfy for long – either we get one or move on to something else. Or pretend.

To me the church song Oh Dad 'Just one touch' of your love, is like that. Not much of unconditional, overflowing, indwelling love in that.
Maybe it's just the way it strikes me. If catchy bike-riding tunes help us to connect then excellent, whatever really helps, at all cost , because the cost of connecting with Him is worth it.

Another way of looking at "what we usually do for church"; there's no point listening to an advertising blurb about bikes, or singing catchy choruses without eventually getting on said bike. Unless somehow we're afraid of the real thing, or maybe have no clue how to get on. If that's true, surely anyone who feels that way is better to say so to Him, and not settle for alternatives.

Our Father's view of this

Father God's heart is to help us learn.  His help is powerfully attached to the learning process.  The longer we stay free of measuring ourselves, and of focussing on weakness and sin, the more growing we can do.  Staying focussed on who He is with us, relaxing into that belief space will grow our spirit like nothing else, as we can hear Him, and better discern the difference from our old nature.  Then we can make choices rather than being half blind, stuck in muddy ruts, and guessing without much awareness at all.  Well, that was my experience.