THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Two men were riding a bicycle built for two.
They came to a long, steep hill. It took a great struggle for the men to complete the long climb.
When they got to the top, the man in front said, "Boy! That was a tuff climb!"
The other said, "Yes! And if I hadn't kept the brakes on, we'd have rolled down backwards!"
I Jn 3:2-3
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
The end result of salvation is for God to one day bring us to be with Him in glory.
There we shall be as Jesus our Lord when He was resurrected.
We may not understand HOW that will be, but we know that it WILL be according to God's Word.
It is this end result, or vision of hope, that calls the Christian to cooperation with the Master today.
The realization of Christ's second coming causes us to dedicate our lives to His purposes.
We are called to place our wills alongside His will, and work to PEDAL up the long hill of life.
Cooperating with Christ is not "giving up" this or that.
It is allowing His Divine power to work through us for holy living.
God's Holy Spirit provides power for holy living, and God's Word provides the principles for such living.
Cooperating with our Lord means we allow Him to work through us and develop a life that glorifies His Name.
Now the question is: "Are you PEDALING, or putting on the BRAKES?"