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:

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.