Motorcycles connect people. Ever notice that? When motorcyclists meet each other, they share a ‘biker wave.’ Regardless of the type of motorcycle you own, when you ride, you are in the club.
On my vintage (code word for old) 1983 Yamaha 500, I shared a biker wave with a hard-core Harley rider. I say hard-core because he was the stereotypical Harley rider of my childhood. His long grey beard blew in the wind as his salt-and-pepper braid dangled out from under his do-rag and half-helmet. Clad in black leather emblazoned with orange emblems, he rode a custom Harley chopper which belched that signature throaty rumble. As we passed each other, we gave the not-so-secret sign of our membership in the club, an extended left hand in a low-five kind of salute. While I don’t know anything about that man or what he believes or how he lives, but for that brief moment, we connected. We were brought together by our joy in cycling, and that was enough.
Shouldn’t the church be like that? Regardless of what we drive, where we live, or how we spend our days, shouldn’t we be connected because of our joy in Christ? In Galatians 3:28, Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” We are one in Christ Jesus! How exciting to be part of a family where we are loved and accepted because of our mutual love for Jesus.
But do we really accept each other? Sometimes the external separates us. We judge each other by our zip codes, our age, how ‘Christian’ we appear. These external judgments point to pride and sin in our own lives. I’m guilty. It’s easy to gravitate toward people like yourself and not extend your circle beyond your comfort zone. By limiting our friendships, we rob ourselves of the blessing of knowing others.
God told Samuel, “ For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. “ 1 Samuel 16:7b. Let’s pledge to look at the heart. Let’s rejoice because we are one in Jesus. Let Him bring us together in praise. Let’s connect our hearts in worship and our lives in fellowship. While we don’t have a ‘Jesus wave’ to connect us, we do have a Savior, and He is enough. We are in His club!