I am always tickled by the sight of this gentleman who rides a bicycle through my neighbourhood, presumably on his way to work every morning.
Usually the blaring music catches my attention, but it is the source of the music that really makes me smile. Due to the simplicity of its construct, there is no room for a musical device on his bicycle. So he wears it around his neck.
You read right.
The guy cycles, both hands on the handlebars, singing and bopping his head to the music blaring from a radio/speaker-looking device attached to a cord worn around his neck.
Initially I would just smile whenever he passed as he always seems so engrossed in his music.
But today, two thoughts struck me as he rode by.
1. He seems to be so into his music that he never appears to leave home without it.
I’d go so far as to guess that it probably makes his daily travels in the unshaded, blazing sun much easier to bear.
2. He doesn’t seem to care how silly he looks. He is willing to make whatever sacrifice may be necessary (physically that can’t be too comfortable either), to have his music with him.
I wondered whether as Christians we are that dedicated.
First, are we that into God that we feel we must “take Him with us” wherever we go? Does His presence with us make our journey through life more bearable?
Secondly, are we willing to look silly for God? Silly by the world’s standard that is. In times past and recent, people have made considerable personal sacrifices for the cause of Christ; are we willing to do the same?
At times we are caught up with trying to fit in with the world, so concerned with our status in others’ eyes that we lose our identity. But the Bible cautions us “Do not be conformed to this world…” Romans 12:2 ESV
We were meant to stand out, not blend in. “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, and peculiar people…” 1 Peter 2:9 KJV.
Consider the royal family; sure, some of their protocols seem archaic and downright hilarious to a commoner like me; but do you think that my opinion influences the way they conduct their lives? Absolutely not.
In the same way, why should we be troubled by what others may think of us?
We answer to a higher power.
Jesus was willing to endure a shameful, criminal’s death in our stead. He endured the thorns, lashes and ridicule on our behalf.
What are we willing to sacrifice for Him?