People ask me: "Why do you ride with bags?" To be honest, I normally tell them that this is how I have to race so I might as well just train with them. Then, the other day while I was riding, it hit me. I ride with these bags because they are my cross.
Disclaimer: I am in no way saying that riding with a little weight on my bike is in anyway comparable to Jesus carrying his cross.
But, my bags are a reminder that I have been justified by God. In his book Biblical Basis of Christian Counseling for People Helpers, G.R. Collins tells us:
In God's lawcourt, we have been freed without condemnation, not because we are sinless (in reality, we are all sinful and guilty) but because Christ paid the penalty for our sins. As a result, in God's sight, we are "righteous," accepted, and just. We could never pay for our sin, work hard enough to get God's approval, or be justified by some kind of holy and righteous living. So Jesus Christ took care of the problem (sending His son to die on a cross to pay for our sins). And we are justified when we put our faith in Christ who has already paid for our sin.
So, whatever "weight" you're carrying in your bags, remember that your are justified in God. You are accepted, "righteous", and just. Don't let the weight of the bag weigh you down. In other words, don't let you guilt and sinfulness weigh you down. We're not perfect (nobody is), but right now and for eternity we are faultless in the sight of God.
The devil wants to prey on that. Remind you that you can't amount to anything. Put guilt in our thinking. Don't let that happen. Our debt is paid. Rejoice in Him! Share His Word. Bring glory to God everyday!
Bear your cross, for His glory, and I bet the weight of the cross will feel as light as a feather!
Thanks and God Bless