If your life were a wheel, would God be a spoke, or would He be the hub?
What difference does it even make?
Check out this message from the NIV Once-A-Day Devotional for Men. I added some photos I hope you'll find as exciting as I did! -Adam Forrest, Zondervan
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord.
There's this idea floating around that God, church, and other spiritual matters are spokes in the wheel of a person's busy life. People say things like, "Oh, yeah, I go to church" in the same way they'd say, "Oh, yeah, I go to that gym" or "Oh, yeah, I'm on that committee."
But the Bible makes it quite clear that God's desire — and the best way to live life — is not to have God as one spoke on the wheel of your life, but to have him as the hub. Sometimes people compartmentalize their spiritual life, like one of those TV dinners. Your job is in one aluminum compartment, your family in another, and your spiritual life — God — in another.
But life works best when you bring God into every area of your life. He can bring change, health, and growth to every aspect of your life — from your job, to your social life, to all your relationships.
In the passage above, the psalmist charges everything to praise God. The earth. The sea. The land. The stars. Trees. Forests. Fields. Everything. All of God's creation — including us — has reason to be joyful because of how good God is.
Does [the whole of your life] reflect praise to God? Chances are, you're going to say no. That's OK. Today you can invite God in.
Take a moment to consider the whole of your life. Does it all belong to God? And more importantly, does it all reflect praise to God? Chances are, you're going to say no. That's OK. Today you can invite God in. Tell him about an area you're having problems with or are worried about. Watch what a difference it makes when God is your hub and not just a spoke on your wheel.
Postscript: Do you feel like a carriage wheel or train wheel?
The Once-A-Day Devotional message above prompted some questions for me, and I'd like to share them with you.
Do you feel like God is just one part of your life, like a spoke on this wagon wheel?
If we invite God into every area of our life, and make it our mission to reflect His glory, our life will be more like this train wheel:
A life that praises God wholly is solid. Unified.
I used to be afraid that making my life about His glory would make the me in me fade and disappear. But this has not been my experience. I believe we become whole people when we worship God wholly. (See Isaiah 60:2-3, Romans 12:6-8)
I'll see you on the train, compañeros.
-Adam Forrest, Zondervan
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(Images and some styling above are web-exclusive features not included in the text of Once-A-Day Devotional for Men. Image attribution: Wagon wheel By salvador pali from Hungary (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Train wheel By James E. Petts (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. This post does not represent the views of Zondervan or any of its representatives. The writer's personal opinions are shared only for information purposes. To receive new Zondervan Blog posts in your reader or email inbox, subscribe to Zondervan Blog.)