Lessons from Cycling

About 4 years ago I started cycling, and since then I have logged over 10, 000 km. Cycling is a unique sport in many ways and my appreciation for it has grown as I have learned more about it. It is also very applicable to the Christian life.

The best cyclists in the world have elite aerobic capacity. Aerobic capacity is the ability to use oxygen while performing exercise, which some estimate to be up to 80% genetic. There is no training in the world that will make you an elite cyclist unless you have been gifted with phenomenal aerobic capacity which is roughly 50% higher than the average person. Every Christian should be thankful because everything we have is a gift from God. We may be running the race, but we need to remember that it is God that gives us the ability to run.
Every good and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17).
Cycling's secret is that there is no secret, it is all about the ability to endure suffering. Cyclists have an incredible ability to endure suffering. Christians have this same secret and this same ability. In the same way that cyclists embrace and enjoy suffering because of their purpose, Christians should also.
Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised (Heb. 10:26). 
For to this you have been called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in His steps (1 Peter 2:21). 

A little known fact is that cycling is actually a team sport, but only one person gets the glory. Each team has 9 riders, one leader and 8 domestiques. Domestique is the French word for servant, and that is literally their function. The domestique does anything and everything to make sure the leader wins the race. Sound familiar? Christians are servants of Christ and our purpose is to bring glory to Him, not to ourselves.
Likewise he who was free when called is a slave to Christ (1 Cor. 7:22).
Whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies - in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 4:11).


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