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GUEST COLUMN: Make God the spoke in your wheel

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It is well-known in our church that I am not mechanically inclined. I am so thankful that we have many who work well with their hands and can create, fix, and repair. That’s a wonderful thing, but unfortunately, I never acquired those skills. This is especially true when it comes to cars. Would you believe that I just tried to change my blinker fluid last week? Well, maybe I’m not that limited in my knowledge, but I’m close.

As little as I know of cars, my understanding of horse-drawn carriages is even more limited. However, I heard a pastor recently relate the spiritual life of a child of God to a wagon wheel. It was so simple, even someone with little mechanical knowledge could understand. Yet, it was so profound that it really made me stop and think about my own life. This pastor said, “God is not merely a spoke in the wheel, rather, He is the hub around which all of life revolves.”

What a thought! We can be so busy in our lives, that often without realizing it, God just becomes “something else” in our lives — he becomes another spoke. If we aren’t careful, we can have the spokes of family, work, school, and other responsibilities along with God.

Please understand, I am not saying any of those things are bad, in fact, they are all good and necessary things. However, we can allow God to become just another “thing” in our lives. When that happens, He ends up revolving around us, which is a backwards way to live. This is why Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount to ”…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33).

In our lives, do we put God first in all that we do? Do we allow him to be the hub and let all other parts of our lives revolve around him?

Some would say, if God is the central focus of a person’s life, they will have less time for their family, job, and friends. Instead, I submit to you that the more we make God the center of our lives, we will become better spouses, better employees, and better friends. By making God the hub, all of the spokes start to revolve in the proper way, causing everything to work in a cohesive unit.

1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us that “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Our first and primary responsibility as Christians is to give God glory in all areas of our life. When we do that, everything else in our daily walk will move in sync together.

You don’t have to know much about mechanics to understand that. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go top off my blinker fluid.