HUBS AND SPOKES

In the process of fulfilling my responsibilities, quite frequently I pass a home with a most interesting display in the front yard.  There is this old wagon from another era sitting on the corner of the front yard.

As you travel through our area of the country, you run into this scene quite frequently.  Perhaps people relish the dream of returning to another era of history; maybe a few of these old-timers remember some rough and tough times living in isolated parts of our country that remain as realistic as the sunrise each morning.  Who knows the exact reason for a worn out wagon in the middle of a well-known retirement community?

This particular display always draws my attention because it exceeds the normal; it even sports a complete saddle from bygone years.  I put one of these wheels from a wagon in the yard of one home.  Quite often you will notice that many of the parts are no longer joined together, but are positioned as they would have been if they had not succumbed to time and the normal wear and tear of service.

Most obvious to these old eyes is that the hub, spokes and rim of the wheel have long since been separated one from the other.

Have you ever noticed this as a spiritual truth that bespeaks the times in which we live?  I see lots of “wheels” that have become disjointed.  Christ, the hub, is no longer allowed to control the spokes or the rim; it is true of churches and true of individuals.  Everyone appears to be doing his own thing with fragmented periods when you are made to think that he has gotten his act together.  The churches have disjointed spokes; programs abound that look as though they are joined to the hub, but closely examined they are more like pacifiers, ever helping people to think that they are the real thing.  Let’s be realistic!  Of what worth are those old disjointed wheels, spokes and hubs except to remind us of days when things were much better than our busyness, and businesslike approach to our service for Christ.

Some verses that have been floating in my brain are worth considering.  “For in Him we live and move and exist”, (Acts 17:28) and “all things have been created by Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.” (Colossians 1:16-18)

Let us return to the emphasis being placed on the centrality of Jesus Christ. Everything moves around HIM…Jesus!

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