Remember the children’s song 🎶 “The wheels on the bus goes round and round, round and round, round and round…?”🎶
Lately, I’ve been drawn to wheels… a mode of transportation.
I began to wonder how long ago wheels were invented… I remember big wheels on stage coaches from studying history, but behind that?
Go I googled it.
According to Wikipedia, the earliest wheels were made out of a solid piece of wood.
What is the purpose of the wheel?
I suggest its purpose is to assist us in getting from one place to another place where we are inclined to go- a means of transportation.
Smithsonian Magazine (June 17, 2009) suggests the original purpose of the wheel was not for transportation purposes, but rather was used as a tool for the potter.
Fascinated, my mind goes to the scriptures.
God says He is the potter, we are the clay. (Isaiah 64:6-12; Jeremiah 18). He used the ‘wheel’ to help get us to where we need to go.
God grew the tree that was used at Calvary. (Genesis 2:9)
This is where Jesus Christ died willingly for you and for me.
Jesus carried the old wooden cross, heavy with the weight of all our sins. (1 Corinthians 1:18; Philippians 2:8; 1 Peter 2:24-25)
Jesus is The Way… the ‘wooden wheel’ the cross, that carries us into Heaven- the ONLY way.
Still in thought, my mind meditating on various methods of transportation… the wheel, and it’s purpose.
As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we become ‘wheels’ to carry the gospel.
Once we are Holy Spirit filled, we are equiped with wheels … and commissioned to go.
Whether we use our two feet, a bicycle, a motorcycle, a boat, a train, a horse, a plane or a car … we are called to go (not just near, but also far!)
The fire that ignites us IS the holy power of the Spirit… to carry the gospel INTO and across the world …
What is the purpose of wheels and feet BUT to go?
We aren’t called to be a parking lot or a garage type of church, where we go once a week and park.
Rather, the church is more about being a gas station where we go to fill up, so that we can go- we have an assignment!
The Holy Spirit highway in God’s church is connecting people of every nation and tongue to THE WAY.
Jesus the ONLY way, truth and life!
How can we sit still and pamper ourselves, stuffing our faces in a spiritual feast week after week in our fancy clothes, sitting parked in our fancy church buildings-when there are literally millions unreached people groups?
People who are dying and slipping into an eternal hell, forever lost are in need of the gospel.
Reinhard Bonnke said it like this in his book Evangelism by Fire: “The purpose of Pentecost is to get the wheels rolling for God in every church, thereby transporting the gospel across the face of the whole earth.”
Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel at all costs… 1 Corinthians 9:16