Have you ever known someone who seemed a bit overconfident? Someone who seemed to have all the answers? Someone who always managed to respond to another’s story by saying, "That’s nothing! You should have seen what happened to me!"
I love the above video. Maybe it is a reminder to "keep it humble." Maybe it is a reminder to always be growing (instead of thinking "if they would only listen to me"). Maybe it is a reminder that we need to be very careful about trying to impress. Maybe it is a reminder that we are sometimes prone to get overconfident only to wipe out at the last moment.
Didn’t Paul warn about being overconfident? After warning the church about the displeasure that God found in Israel in earlier years, he then warns them about following the same path. He warns the Corinthians about idolatry, sexual immorality, testing the Lord, and grumbling. (Isn’t it amazing that the word "grumbling" appears in the same context as behaviors like idolatry and sexual immorality? Note 1 Corinthians 10:6-10.)
Finally he says, "These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" (1 Corinthians 10:11-13).
There it is — a warning and a promise. We need the warning don’t we? Maybe this functions as sort of a "wake-up" for us! It is very easy to become smug. We begin to see ourselves as a part of the group of people within the body of Christ who "get it" while looking down on other Christians who just don’t get it. Meanwhile, Paul might say to us, "Be very careful with that. Be very careful about thinking you are above temptation."
At the same time, this is a wonderful reminder that God is faithful and that he will not abandon us when we are tempted.
In the meantime, I want to be very careful about declaring myself a winner. I wonder, what did this guy say to his friends after he got off his bike?