Lair this week 5:30, bring a light and let's leave promptly. Sunset is at 6:55pm. Only 5 weeks left daylight saving time, make the most of the summer we have left. Lot of people getting in high country rides like Pike's Peak, Bowman's short cut (picture) and Kenosha before winter sets in. Look for invites on our Facebook group.
This week I (Doug) am planning a big backcountry ride - Kenosha Pass to Breckenridge. It should be peak colors. I am looking forward to the ride. In anticipation of the ride I prepared a checklist of things I want to take with me. I will need to be self-sufficient for 5-6 hours. Similarly, as I get ready for a triathlon, I have a checklist prepared by FCA Endurance of things to bring to the triathlon. These checklists are intended to help us plan for what is expected.
As Christians, there is not a “checklist” of things we must do to be saved. Rather, God sent Jesus Christ to fulfill the checklist - that is God’s gift to us (also known as grace). Jesus is sufficient, he is everything we need. Those that accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are saved. However, that doesn’t mean we cannot follow the plan. On my ride I will stick to the planned route, otherwise it might not go as expected.
Consider Paul’s letter to the Romans:
Romans 6 (NIV) “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,[a] that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. 14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. 18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. 20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21 What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So although there isn’t a checklist of what we should do to be saved, once we accept God’s gift through Jesus Christ, we need to prepare our heart, mind, and soul the best we can to not continue with our sin, and prepare for Christ’s return. Like I have a plan for my big ride, plan for your life. Some things that can help with this (again, not a legalistic checklist), are (1) reading the Bible, repeatedly and routinely; (2) praying - taking and listening to God; (3) connecting with God through music, creation, etc.; and (4) seek out other believers to help hold you accountable in your faith - i.e. invest in each other.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, 09/24/2021, 5:30pm
Where: Lair O' The Bear
Directions: 22550 CO-74, Idledale, CO 80453
Questions: Reply to this email or join the facebook group
Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver