The Blessing of the Bikes
November 11, 2018
By: Jim Eschenbacher
This past Sunday was unique, in that it didn’t have the predictable song service and sermon. I think pastors should pray about, and evaluate, all church activities. Some are repeated for traditional desire. Some are touted as the best church-building activity of the current decade. Pastor Drew seems to have looked at everything with a critical and quizzical eye. The church service this past week was one of several non-conforming services that I have attended since I started attending Mountain Vista Church. Becky Jo led the songs and did a masterful job of choosing songs that fit the message of the day. I have led song services when bikers were in attendance by invitation and I learned… they really sing. One of the possible distractions of weekly church services is the people sort of stop singing. That is truly unfortunate, since singing is spoken of often in the Bible in association with praise. God, who knows that not all people have good singing voices told us to, nonetheless, “Make a joyful noise.”
Anyway, after some singing, several non-preachers were interviewed. The ones interviewed shared how they had come through drug and alcohol abuse and Jesus had successfully brought them through. One woman admitted to having an abortion years ago. The message was, “Don’t give up on others or yourself… God never does.” It was a fabulous message and one with great significance in certain people’s lives. I don’t know if the sermon was recorded so it might not be on line but I would suggest you listen if you can; or schedule conversation with Drew.
I found myself slightly disconnected since I did not have a testimony of deliverance from life altering circumstances. My mom is no longer alive so you can’t ask her but I remember being a good boy. Where in Sunday’s message does a good boy fit? I pondered that and I realized that I have struggled with pride. Several of the New Testament writers list pride as one of the most lethal of all sins. It is subtle. It does not appear as a life-defying addiction. But, it is just that.
It can be hard to recognize and can often be justified. I may justify my pride but God doesn’t. In fact He says it is often followed by a fall. Whether I trip over alcohol addiction or pride, I still trip and am in need of Jesus’ love. The message is for me, too. And in a weird sort of way, it is easier to quit an addiction than it is to quit pride. Actually, it probably isn’t easier to quit; it is just easier to recognize when you do. We don’t always see the need to quit pride. I have found that, at times, I feel the need to hang on to my pride as proof of my goodness. God has hammered on me in many different ways. Good boys need Jesus. No matter who you are or what you have done, you need the patient love of God.
Becky Jo led the song “Reckless love”. She explained how such a rough word applies to God’s love. His love reaches through all opposition. That requires reckless abandon. God loves us in spite of being misunderstood and maligned. As followers of Jesus, we have that as our example. Who, in your life, could be suffering from lack of love? Are you being asked to give that love?