Rom. 3:23; Heb. 9:27; Titus 3:5; John 1:12; Rom. 10:9
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When I was ten years old, I was bitten by the “motorcycle bug.” From that time on, right through the rest of my boyhood and teenage years, I was determined to own a motorcycle.
I learned all I could about motorcycles and worked hard until I finally bought one of my own. It was all I ever dreamed for. I rode fast and hard with some of my motorcycle buddies. It wasn’t long until I had a new dream and ambition—motorcycle fame and glory! And so I became a motorcycle racer.
Racing brought years of thrills, spills and chills. But there came a day when everything changed in one short second!
It was a Sunday afternoon while highway racing alone out in the country. I miscalculated and took a corner too fast. I ended up in the ditch with a severely mangled and broken leg and other injuries. I lay beside the road for two hours before an ambulance finally arrived.
Then as the ambulance went screaming to the hospital, we had a collision with another vehicle! And in this, the second accident of the day, I was thrown through the windshield of the ambulance, broken leg and all. I arrived at the hospital broken, battered and bleeding.
I did not know that I would have a long time to lie in a hospital bed and think.
I remember hearing once that a person should be sure he dies right, because if he dies wrong, he can’t come back and die right. But most of us live carelessly, in spite of knowing that death can be around the next corner. In my years of racing, I felt death was riding on my shoulder most of the time, but now it appeared it had finally caught up with me. I knew if I died, I would die wrong—without God and without hope.
Up until then, I had pushed God out of my life. I figured that if I found out what God had to say to me in the Bible, I would have to give up the passion of my fast and reckless lifestyle. So when anything “religious” crossed my path, I would quickly get rid of it and squash my nagging conscience. But no matter how I tried NOT to think about death and God, that “still small voice” kept coming back to remind me that I was going to meet God sooner or later—just as it has come to you.
I was very much alone in that hospital with the dark shadow of death hovering over me, but, through God’s intervention, most of the time my mind was clear. This time He got my attention. I began to understand that if a person dies without God, he dies alone, completely alone. Then I remembered hearing somewhere in my past that those who received Jesus Christ as Lord would have eternal life. I concluded that would be dying right. I had a choice to make. And there on that hospital bed, I obeyed the gospel—I knew I was a pretty big sinner and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, and God saved my soul...just as He promised.
Maybe you’re not a big sinner like me; maybe you’re only a little sinner. Either way, it doesn’t make much difference, because I have learned from the Bible that it only takes one sin to keep a person out of heaven!
I never did reach my ambition of motorcycle fame and glory, but I have received something far more fulfilling and worthwhile. With Christ as my Saviour, I have peace...peace with God...peace from a troubled conscience...peace that passes all understanding...peace the world can never give. Instead of the short-lived pleasures of sin, I have joy and happiness in this life, and I’ll have it forever in heaven.
I want to leave you with a few verses from the Bible—God’s message to you.
FIRST—YOU DEFINITELY ARE A SINNER.
“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
SECOND—YOU NEED TO BE SAVED FROM YOUR SINS.
“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
THIRD—YOU CANNOT SAVE YOURSELF.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5).
FOURTH—JESUS WANTS TO SAVE YOU.
“As many as received Him [Jesus], to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).