"For what does it profit a
man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?"
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, 2.3 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
He's real! He cares about you! He loves you!
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.
So where do you go from here?
into heaven is easy - just follow these steps
which I call the "three R's":
1) Realize that you're a sinner - that
you're not perfect. This should be a "no
brainer" - but just like the drunk who
doesn't think he has a drinking problem, we so often
fool ourselves into believing we're "not that
bad". The Bible says "all have sinned and
fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
It also says "there is no one righteous, not
one" (Romans 3:10). You know Billy Graham,
Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi and Mother Teresa? At some
point in their lives they sinned, even if it was
just one little white lie, that's all it takes to
keep you out of heaven.
2) Repent of your sin - make a real
commitment to turn 180 degrees around. You've got to
want to leave your old, tired life behind. True repentance
means not looking back, but looking ahead instead.
Peter said "repent and be baptized, every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins" (Acts 2:38). If
you're just buying into Christ like buying fire
insurance, it's not going to work. You've got to
stop going down the wrong road and turn around to
have your sins forgiven.
3) Receive Jesus as your Lord & Saviour - give
control of your life to Him. The Bible says:
"That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus
is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised
Him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans
10:9). Believing in Jesus isn't like believing in
Santa Claus, we all know Jesus is a real man who
existed. Even the demons believe that! The issue is
whether you're gonna continue trying to fly the
plane yourself through life, crashing into this,
scraping that, flying through the storms in life
alone instead of around them, running outta gas and
eventually doing the "crash & burn"
thing OR whether you're gonna let God be your
co-pilot to keep you flying straight & level.
The scriptures state that "every knee will bow
and every tongue will confess that Jesus is
Lord" (Phillipians 2:10,11). Everyone will end
up finding out who He is sooner or later. Don't wait
till later! To receive Him, pray to Him right now!
Let Him know in your own words that you are a
sinner, that you repent and that you want Him to be
Lord of your life. He's waiting.
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.
the easy part, what's the hard part?
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 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
any more - 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
Now go with
faith, fellowship and serve!
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
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.
Check out our links
page for different ministries available to you
to serve in OR do a google search to check out different christian motorcycle ministries", or consider joining Bikers for Christ and helping us out.
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! Check out our the links page for different ministries available for you to serve in" - please rephrase it
"Do a google search to check out different christian motorcycle ministries", or consider joining Bikers for Christ and helping us out.
God bless you as
you live and ride for Him!