Finished in the dark last week at Dakota Ridge, Black bear this week and good idea to bring a light again.
The devotional is a little long for the week but hopefully for those going on the Arkansas trip this will give you plenty to ponder of the course of several days of riding.
As some of you know, this has been a rough week for me (Doug) as I lost my velcro dog. As I was thinking about him, I was thinking about velcro in general. How many things do you have velcroed to your mountain bike? As an effort to get weight off my back and out of my pack, I have three things: (1) Backcountry Research Motherload strap, (2) bear bell because I’m tired of the constant breaking of Timber Bells, and (3) a fuel tank. The fuel tank isn’t always on my bike by I’m testing it out to see how it handles gnar. So far, so good. I’m sure there are other things you have velcroed to your bike - maybe a saddle bag or water bottle or other storage device, or a garmin.
I wrote recently about the loss of my “velcro” dog. A velcro dog is basically a dog that never leaves your side, ever. A dog that doesn’t want to be more than two feet away at any time. They center their life on the person they choose. When they are gone It is like having the hook without the loop or the loop without the hook. When one side of the velcro is missing, velcro doesn’t work.
Humans are the same when it comes to God. In Genesis 1:27 we learn that “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” God walked with humans in the Garden of Eden - his presence was there - we were velcroed to God. At that point humans were without sin. God gave humans choice and humans turned from listening to God and sinned. (Genesis 3) As a result, God banished humans from the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:23. The velcro was separated - no longer were humans hooked and looped with God. Rather, there was a divide. Over the course of history God entered into a covenant with the Israelites who were to be a blessing to all nations and to bring all nations into a relationship with God. The Israelites were to show the way back to God, but they also turned from God and sinned repeatedly to the point God’s presence left them. So we remained separated from God. But that is not the end of the story. God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, fully God but fully human, to rescue us - to velcro us back to the father through taking on our sins and dying for our sins.
Paul wrote about this in Romans 5 and 6 which I encourage you to read. “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.” Romans 5:18-19. Basically, Paul is saying that sin ripped us apart from God, like ripping velcro apart. If humans are the hook, we then found our loop in sin and velcroed ourselves to sin. However, God sent Jesus to us to rip us from sin and become our loop to bring us back to God. “Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:3-4. Verses 4-11 illustrate this point well, “Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to live as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with hmi. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.” As you can see, from the great sacrifice of Christ Jesus we are no longer hook and loop with sin. Rather, we are hook and loop with Christ Jesus. This means we no longer keep sinning. Rather, “you do things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.” Romans 6:22.
By accepting Jesus in our lives, we become velcroed back to the father. The change is that our lives should then center on Jesus Christ. Just like my velcro dog centered his life on me, we center our lives on Jesus Christ in the hope that all will be renewed when he comes again. What that looks like is we become peace and joy in the lives of others - we bring light to the world. We become salt and give the earth flavor - wonderful, enhanced flavor. We make a crappy year like 2020, peaceful. We comfort others in a year like 2020 because we are centered on Jesus Christ. So as you ride this week and ponder all of the items velcroed to your bike, ponder whether you remain velcroed to sin, or whether you have accepted what Jesus did, including ripping us from sin, and joining us to the father.
This Week's Ride (Full Schedule)
When: Thursday, Oct 01, 5:30pm
Where: Black Bear - Hildebrand Ranch Park
Directions: 9880 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80127
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There is already guidance on how to safely enjoy the parks and trails.
From JeffCo Parks:
DO NOT visit parks and public areas if sick; stay home, seek medical care
DO NOT gather in groups larger than 10
Practice social distancing of at least 6’ in parks, trail heads, trails.
Bring your own hand sanitizer and/or hand washing supplies.
FACE COVERING required; use when near others or when passing on the trail
High-risk visitors, use discretion for park visits and public restroom use
Waiver: Mountain biking can result in injury. By attending this ride you acknowledge the risk as stated in the group waiver