Evaluating our walk via "the wheel"
This illustration of "the wheel" by the late Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators, is a very effective tool for evaluating our walk with the Lord. Dawson saw that the Christian life was much like a wheel with Christ at the center and the pavement is life. Christ is the center of our life and gives us the power to live the Christian life. Without Jesus at the center, we cannot live the Christian life. The spokes represent what we are to do as Christians: the word, prayer, fellowship, and witnessing. Obedience is the tire and is "where the rubber hits the road (life)". When we are doing all that Jesus has asked us to do, our wheel rolls smoothly. However, when one of our spokes is short, the wheel becomes out of balance. From time to time, we need to evaluate our walk as Christians. The wheel is an effective means of evaluating how we are walking.
Christ the center. At the center of our life should be Jesus Christ. Without a hub, the wheel cannot move. Likewise, without Jesus Christ, we cannot live the Christian life:
I am the vine, ye are the branches:Because we can do nothing without Christ, He should be our primary focus. Out of all the things that King David did, he saw one thing to be the most important:
He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.Just as the wheel must receive power from the shaft, we can only receive power from Jesus Christ. It is only in putting Christ first in our life, that we will be able to do anything spiritual. We need to commune with God at the mercy seat:
And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.We need to come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16) to obtain the power to live the Christian life. Are we communing with God on a daily basis?