Colossians 1:17 “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
When I think of God being first in our lives, I think of Him as the center or the hub of all things. Immediately a picture of a bicycle wheel comes to my mind. Much like the hub on a bicycle wheel, God is the hub at the center of our lives. The spokes on the wheel represent the various areas of our lives, including marriage, family, work, money, possessions, hobbies, wants, desires, and pursuits. You’ll notice that on a bicycle wheel all of the spokes seem to point toward the hub or appear to flow from the hub. Perhaps the spokes do both!
We recently rented bikes on a vacation. I noticed that the first thing that the man who rented us the bikes did was check the tires. The condition of the tires would determine the quality of our biking experience. In fact, my oldest son had to exchange his bike due to an issue with one of the tires. Though there are many important components to an effectively functioning bike, I think the focus on the wheel is helpful for this illustration. In examining the role of the wheel hub I found the following quote:
“The safety of a vehicle depends on the wheel hub. A high quality wheel hub allows a vehicle to carry heavy loads, function in extreme weather conditions, and run smoothly on rough roads.”
Wow! Isn’t that interesting? The safety of a vehicle depends on the wheel hub! Not only that, but a high quality wheel hub empowers the vehicle to carry more weight, handle extreme weather conditions, and run smoother on rough roads.
Colossians 1:17 states, “and in Him all things hold together”
Now, that sounds to me like God is the “hub of all things”. If we acknowledge Him as the hub of our lives, we will traverse life with greater safety, carry weight more easily, navigate successfully through the extreme weather conditions of life, and be less affected by the rough roads we have to travel. The spokes of our life come from the hub, point to the hub, and rest on the strength of the hub. The temptation that we run into is that we have a tendency to attempt to do what was never intended. We’re often drawn to take a spoke and make it the hub. Marriage is a great spoke, but it is not strong enough to be a hub. Work is a great spoke, but it lacks the power to serve as a hub. Money, possessions, and successes are great spokes but they will fail as a hub every time!
Colossians 1:17 further states, “He is before all things…”
God is the hub that precedes all spokes. All of the spokes flow from Him and should flow to Him. All of the spokes should derive both their strength and purpose from God the everlasting and eternal hub! I believe Romans 11:36 sums it up best:
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.”
Our lives are like wheels. May we choose to center them on the only one whose strength and support can never fail: Jesus Christ – The Holy Hub.