The Gift of Eternal Life | Devotion #1: Biking
Wes McCullough | Production Director
When I was young, there was little better than an early morning mountain bike ride with Dad on the mountains in the Phoenix area where we lived. Dad had spent much of his young life riding and working in bicycle shops and even owned a shop. I had been on two wheels since shortly after my third birthday. Biking was our special father-son time.
As Christmas approached when I was around ten years old, I spied an incredible mountain bike on display in my Dad’s bike store. It was chrome with purple trim, awesome Ballistic front shocks, and Shimano rapid-fire shifters. Without even sitting on it, I was sure it was the perfect size for me. I immediately pointed it out to my Dad and begged for it. He casually agreed that it would be nice for me to have but that was as far as the subject went. Christmas morning came shortly after and there in the living room was the bike! My Dad had custom built it and “hidden” it in plain sight.
The oldest modernly recorded person lived 122.5 years. That is a long time. The Bible tells us Methuselah lived 969 years (nearly a millennium). No one can imagine living that long. As long as that is, it is still just the blink of an eye relative to eternity. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Sometimes it is hard for our finite minds to remember that our day-to-day and year-to-year problems will not matter when this life is over. Our bodies on this Earth are a temporary home, and everything we have stays here when we leave this life.
As Christmas is now so close, much of our focus is on the presents we will give and receive. My Dad gave me a bike so we could spend time together bonding. The one true God offers something we can get nowhere else, eternal life. Because of the sacrifice of His Son, God offers the present that will let us be in His presence for the rest of time. I pray you will not pass on this gift.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”