Lately, I’ve taken up cycling at the gym. I really enjoy my Spin Class because I can zone out and let me brain relax. I’m not going anywhere on my stationary bike, so I don’t have to worry about my surroundings. I just pick up the speed, change my gears and sit and stand when my instructor tells me to. By the time I leave, my body and mind are purged and refreshed.
By now I’ve learned my settings for the different terrain scenarios we ride. I know what gears I need to take it easy, to race and to pedal standing. I can gage my body and energy level and push myself to make the ride hard or relax on the gears and make my ride easy. One particular day, I decided that I was going to take my cycling workout to the next level. I wanted to increase my gears by 1 or 2 points during every song, so I could raise the intensity of my ride and test my endurance.
When the music started, I noticed that my normal “ride easy” gear was tough. I felt like I was in my racing gear. Then when I set my racing gear, I felt like I was in my climbing gear. Not only could I not set new highs for my gear settings, I had to back off on the gears just to be able to finish each ride. By the end of the course, I was worn out and disappointed. I wondered if I had lost some stamina over the weekend.
I talked to one of the ladies who had been taking the Spin Class for years about my frustrating ride. She smiled with understanding and quickly explained that a few of the bikes’ gears were not working properly. She said that the gear settings were off and that they needed to be fixed by the equipment specialist. I felt a little relieved, but I wanted to wait until my next class to guarantee that it wasn’t my stamina that was the problem.
Two days later, I made sure to get on another bike. I tested my normal gear settings, and discovered that the woman was right: the bike I rode earlier was off—way off! I decided to push myself during that Spin Class and broke all my previous gear setting highs. It was so nice to see an honest display of how much I have improved.
As I finished the class, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me something important. It wasn’t really said in words; instead, He imparted some of His understanding into my heart. What I discovered is that as Christians, God’s favor and grace automatically places us on higher gears. While everyone trudges through life without the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 16.13) and the renewed mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2.16), Christians have an intrinsic wind that pushes and directs them on a life of purpose, power and meaning….if they are willing to seek and receive it.
I believe that if Christians were to seek God daily and bring all their thoughts, decisions and actions to His throne, God would place us on the fastest, surest and strongest path to achieving our destiny. We would lose all idle time and fully embrace each day that He has given us. And as we spend time with God, we will realize that our purest joy is found in our intimacy with Him. We will fully understand how blessed we are to have an eternal relationship with our Creator who loves and enjoys us. And every day will be filled with hope and joy because our sins have been cleansed by Jesus who died to give us eternal life with God.
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (Ephesians 1.7 NLT).