One of the most amazing things about cycling is the colorful and form-fitting clothing. Just take a look at the amazing cavalcade of color and design in the professional cycling peloton. (O.k. It may also be a little weird and shocking for those not yet initiated to lycra.) One thing is for certain though, when you see a cyclist in their “kit,” you immediately recognize that they are a cyclist, even if their bicycle and helmet are nowhere to be seen.
At Ends of the Earth Cycling, we are proud of the custom cycling kit that we design for each season of tours. That is because we use our eye-catching designs to proclaim Jesus. The back of this year’s jersey features a heart emblazoned with the words “take heart” and another snippet of the words of Jesus from John 16:33, “I have overcome the world.”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.“
-Jesus in John 16:33 NIV
Perhaps people can tell what you do, who you serve, or other things about you by the uniform that you wear, the vehicle you ride in, the flag you fly, the logo on your t-shirt or even the building you work in. Sometimes, it is the people we hang around with and how we interact with them that gives people some idea about our identity.
As Christians, we may feel that it is the t-shirt we wear, weekly attendance at church, talking about Jesus, or any number of other behaviors that show people that we are truly Jesus’ disciples. However, Jesus teaches us what truly identifies us to the world as his disciples: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35 NIV)
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
-Jesus in John 13:34-35 NIV
It is truly loving one another as Jesus has loved us that shows the world that we are his followers.
Ends of the Earth Cycling tours provide concrete opportunities for cyclists and support staff to love one another. When we love one another, we are fulfilling Jesus’ “new command,” showing the world – including global youth – that we are disciples of Jesus and pointing them to him.
When we Pray, Pedal, Repeat or Pray, Serve, Repeat we are fulfilling Jesus’ new command by loving one another. Ends of the Earth Cycling tours offer concrete opportunities to love fellow disciples by praying for them, encouraging them with a toast, filling water bottles, moving to the front of the pace line and pulling for a while, serving a meal, changing a flat tire, or even simply slowing with the rest of the group so all can ride together. And, when others see our tours, they know we are Jesus’ disciples, and we point them to him. Ends of the Earth Cycling tours also provide opportunities to love global youth through prayer, promotion, and resourcing global youth mission and ministry.
At Ends of the Earth Cycling, we like cycling and we like how our jerseys proclaim Jesus, but we know that it is the way that we love – global youth, those we come into contact with on our journeys, and our brothers and sisters on tour – that truly shows the world that we are Jesus’ disciples.
“Everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Help us tell the story of cycling for Global Youth!