Rules

So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.  2 Corinthians 5:9-10

I read about a strange bicycle race that they used to hold in India. The object of the race was to go the shortest distance possible within a given amount of time. 

Everyone lined up on their bikes at the start of the race. When the gun sounded all the bicycles, as best they could, stayed put.

Racers were disqualified if they tipped over or one of their feet touched the ground. They would inch forward just enough to keep the bike balanced.

When the time was up and another gun sounded, the person who had gone the farthest was the loser and the person closest to the starting line was the winner.

Think of what would happen if you entered that race without understanding how the race works.

The starting pistol gets fired, and you take off, leaving everybody behind, immediately. 

You’re out of breath. You’re sweating. You’re delighted because the other racers are back there at the starting line. You’re thinking to yourself, Man, I am going to win this race. I’m going to set a new world record. I can’t believe how good I’m doing. I must be going incredibly fast. 

At last you hear the final gunshot go off, and you think that you have won overwhelmingly. And then you discover you have lost overwhelmingly, because you didn’t understand the rules.

In the Beatitudes, Jesus gives us the rules for a life that pleases God, and those rules are not what we think they are.

We think, Blessed are those who have it all together. Blessed are those who are happy all the time and experience the best things in life.

And Jesus says, “Blessed are those who are poor in spirit. Blessed are those who mourn.”

One day your life is going to be over and you’re going to stand before Jesus, and He’s going to evaluate how you have lived your life as a follower of Jesus Christ. 

If you’ve trusted Christ as your Savior, one day you will stand at the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ, and you will give an account for how you’ve lived your life before Him.

Today as you pray, ask God to reveal your helplessness without Him. Secondly, ask Him to make you more sensitive to your own sinfulness. As you do that, God will cultivate in you the attitude and the heart that He can bless.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!