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backwards bicycleIf you watched the video that was included with yesterday’s devotional, you saw some powerful truths wonderfully illustrated with the backwards bike.  One of those truths that was conveyed is that our minds become more rigid the older we get.  That truth reminded me of this passage:

Rom. 7:15 For that which I do, I know not. For what I would do, that do I not; but what I hate, that I do.

16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law, that it is good.

17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I find not.

19 For the good that I would do, I do not; but the evil which I would not do, that I do.

20 Now if I do that which I would not do, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

21 I find then a law that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man.

23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

I realized what Paul was saying here.  The old man, the old way of thinking, was still very much alive and working within him.  “But wait, Ron! Didn’t Paul also say that if any man be in Christ he is a new creation, and that old things have passed away?”  Yes, he did.  But think back to one of the first truths Destin discovered in yesterday’s video: knowledge does not equal understanding.  Just because I have knowledge of something, doesn’t mean I have successfully applied it.  Reciting Bible passages doesn’t change me; applying the passages to my life changes me.  Remember when Destin said that it took him eight months to ride a backwards bike?  He stated that it took him so long because he practiced only five minutes a day.  Now, watch this response to Destin’s video by this 17 year old: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEXr9VpU1SI
This young man learned faster because he put more time into it each day.  He practiced for hours instead of minutes.
So what does this mean for us?  The first thing we must ask ourselves is how much time are we committing to learning and practicing the truths in the Bible on a daily basis?  Five minutes?  One hour?  Four hours?  How much time are you allowing yourself to learn more truths about the kingdom of God?  Once a week?  Twice a week?  The less time you commit, the longer it will take you to change.  

backwards bicycleRight now, you may be thinking “what does a backwards bicycle have to do with the kingdom of God?”  Before I proceed any further, please watch the following video: http://www.sciencedump.com/content/i-bet-even-you-cant-ride-backwards-bicycle

This little video illustrates precisely why the Lord Jesus said that the road to life is narrow, and there will be few that find it.  Did you see his first point, that knowledge does not equal understanding?  Intellectually and academically, he knew how the bike worked; but when it came time to actually RIDING the bike (application), it was much harder to do.  Certainly, it is easy to recite a passage from the Bible, such as do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, but the question is can I DO it?  I am reminded at this moment of a passage where Paul stated that knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.  In other words, knowledge without application produces pride, but application of that knowledge strengthens and builds up.
Another profound observation was made by one of the dear brothers in the fellowship.  He noticed that while it took the man eight months to learn to ride the backwards bicycle, it took only a few minutes for him to revert back to riding the normal bicycle.  This was another powerful illustration to show how easy it is for us to revert back to our fleshly ways, unless we make the conscious decision DAILY to die of our old ways.  Think about that for a moment – eight months to develop a new habit, only minutes to revert back to the old way.  This is why we must renew our thinking and recognize that we are interdependent – in other words, we need one another to continue on this path toward the kingdom of God.  Remember, that road is a hard one, and there will be few that actually find it and successfully travel that road.
It’s time for us learn how to ride that backwards bicycle.