“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?” Matthew 16:26
You may be filthy rich or dirt poor. You may ride a brand new $25,000 Custom Harley or you may ride an old, beat up $300 Kawasaki. You may have a great wife, 2 or 3 beautiful kids, a fine house, a faithful dog and a new SUV sitting in the driveway. Or you could be on the edge of life, living in a crack house with drug dealers and junkies for a family, a shack up girlfriend whom you fight with constantly and only your two feet for transportation. You might be a weekend warrior, taking your shiny, new hog and new leathers out for a short spin every other weekend. Or you could be a “real” biker who lives for the chance to ride every time you wake up, wearing the scratches & rust on your scoot like a badge of honor. Regardless of where you’re at and where you’ve come from, you’re reading this for a reason. I hope it’s because you’ve got an open mind. That you’re willing to go against the grain once in a while. That maybe you’re tired of the same old “day in & day out” without anything really special that you can look back on or forward to. Maybe you feel that you’re living your life for “things” and “people” but are somehow missing the real purpose of life?
You may think, “Oh yeah, I’ve seen how Christians can act!” You may have seen TV preachers constantly asking for your money, you may have a Christian neighbor who borrowed something from you and never returned it, or you may have been cut off on the freeway by some guy with a little chrome fish on his car. Yes, it’s true! Christians make mistakes, we do dumb things, insensitive things, we’re tempted by the same things you are. We are not really any better or different than you, except that we have a relationship with God.
Having a relationship with God means He forgives us for the bad and stupid things we do. It means that His love for us is greater than anything you could’ve done in your life. God still loves you and has already forgiven you for that, all of it. That doesn’t mean you should shirk your responsibilities and not make restitution for the wrong choices you’ve made. But at least God doesn’t hold them against you.
You’ve no doubt heard about Jesus before. You’ve probably been handed a tract, cleverly designed to trick you about what’s inside. You may have been to church as a kid or has had to sit through Sunday school or some boring sermon. The bottom line is you’re either on one side or the other right now. If you’re on the side going to heaven with the rest of us, then Amen! If you’re on the other side, riding’ your scoot at full speed through the gates of hell with so many others, then that’s your choice too. God isn’t some cosmic killjoy bent on making some people’s lives miserable. Ever since Adam & Eve ate the apple, this whole world has been cursed, and all of us along with it. God didn’t want it that way, but that was man’s choice and God always gives us the freedom to choose. But God loves us so much that He’s provided a way out to everyone who wants it. Instead of us paying our own way into heaven by our “not so good” works, Jesus has paid the way for us by dying for us on the cross. A perfect man without any sin, no flaws, completely innocent and He allowed Himself to be killed in our place.
Getting into heaven is easy – just follow these steps which I call the “three R’s”:
That’s the easy part – if you’ve done that sincerely, then welcome to the Kingdom of God. You’ve just received something that no one can take away from you. Eternal salvation from hell which is separation from God forever. You’ve just become a part of the politically incorrect minority.
Well, life as a Christian is not easy – not at all! The right choices in life are usually harder to make than the wrong ones. It’s always easier to get into trouble than to stay out of trouble. For one thing, the “world” will reject you. You’ll be made fun of, called names by some of the friends who knew the “old” you and don’t understand the “new” you. You’ll face opposition from those who want you to join in their misery because after all, misery loves company. Jesus said that those who follow Him must take up their cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23). Let me tell you, bro, that the cross gets heavy at times. I look up to heaven at least each week and wish God would take me home, but it’s all in His time and I continue to press on to do the right things. Sometimes you fall down, sometimes you don’t feel like being a Christian anymore – but God is there with you at those times to pick you back up and keep walking with you. He never leaves you, even in your darkest hour when all you can think of is hopelessness and death. He’s there, every year, every week, every day, hour and minute of your life.
The Bible says “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). You’ve got to keep your faith strong and not let it die. Your works are an indication of how strong your faith is. God will keep your faith strong if you read His word and run with the right crowd. The scriptures say “for faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). So get a Bible. If you cannot afford one, then go visit your local Christian church and ask for one. Or you can contact us by clicking here and request a Bible, we’ll make sure you get one, ASAP. If you can’t read King James English, then get one in common every day English like the New International Version or the Living Bible.
Next, you got to get plugged into a church and with other believers cause there’s strength in numbers. This doesn’t mean you have to go to some “boring” church. Try several out until you find one that fits you. Just like your bike may fit you but not “fit” someone else, you got to find one that’s just right – don’t get discouraged. There’s even some outreach churches and ministries sprouting up that are designed specifically for bikers.
Finally, try to find a ministry to serve in. Here at Bikers For Christ, we serve God by riding motorcycles, visiting the homeless, helping out other bikers on the road, performing services like wedding & funerals, witnessing to others, etc. There are lots of motorcycle ministries out there, all just a little different but all serving the same God. Do a Google search to check out different Christian motorcycle ministries, or consider joining Bikers for Christ and helping us out.
Just like finding the right church, it’s important to find the right ministry where you’ll “fit in”. Some motorcycle ministries (M/M) are more casual – others are more hardcore. Some are “churchy” while others still are more motorcycle oriented. Some have strict policies, bylaws, and discipline, others are more relaxed. Find one that you’ll be comfortable serving in. Then get ready for the ride of your life!
God bless you as you live and ride for Him!