The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matt. 25:40)

I ENJOY BICYCLING, and I love to set goals. As a result, I spend a good deal of time planning my riding at the start of each summer. Before the bike ever makes it out of the garage, I have set my goals and mapped my rides for the entire season. I also like to forecast my total mileage by figuring my average number of rides per week and average miles per ride. I often set a goal for average speed as well. Writing those goals is exciting. Just entering the numbers into a spreadsheet brings a sense of achievement! Of course, at some point I must actually get on the bike and ride. My intention, however sincere, must be followed by action.

Serving Jesus can be a bit like cycling in that it’s easier said than done. It is far simpler to state our desire to love Christ than it is to put that love into action by serving others. That requires energy, patience, and sacrifice. To serve Jesus with the mind is one thing. To serve Him with hands and feet is another.

Dedication in cycling is not demonstrated by planning to ride but by actually riding. And serving Christ wholeheartedly is not a matter of professing our love for Him, regardless of how sincere the statement may be. It is demonstrating love in practical ways to “the least of these.”

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Lawrence W. Wilson is the author of A Different Kind of Crazy (WPH), coauthor of The Long Road Home (WPH), and lives near Indianapolis, Indiana.