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The Wheel

The Wheel diagram, created by Navigator founder Dawson Trotman in the 1930s, is a simple, effective way to visually explain the structure of a God-glorifying life. Sharing it can be as simple as drawing it on a napkin or notepad. The diagram challenges us to think deeply about how to be an obedient follower of Christ as each part represents a crucial component of a vibrant Christian life.

The Volitional Dimension

  • The Hub – Christ the Center: Total surrender to Christ’s authority and lordship is not always a decision made right at conversion but is a necessary act of will. For the believer, the “old life” has gone, and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17), and Christ dwells through us instead (Galatians 2:20). God creates within us the desire to do what He wants us to do in order to express His lordship in our lives.
  • The Rim – Obedience to Christ: Some acts of obedience to God are internal, such as attitudes, habits, motives, values, and day-to-day thoughts. But even these eventually surface outwardly in our relationships with other people. Keeping His commandments in obedience is our outward indication of inward health and love for Christ—our worship (John 14:21, Romans 12:1).

The Vertical Dimension

How you relate to God.

  • The Word Spoke: The Word of God is His direct voice showing us not only who He is but how to live and interact with everyone around us (2 Timothy 3:16). This means an earnest personal intake of God’s Word is essential for health and growth (Joshua 1:8). As God speaks to us through the Scriptures, we can see His principles for life and ministry, learn how to obey Him and become acquainted with the Christ who is worthy of our steadfast allegiance.
  • The Prayer Spoke: Prayer is the natural response to God as we hear Him speak through His Word. It is sharing our heart with the One who longs for our companionship and who cares about our concerns. Prayer not only trains our hearts and minds to know the power and glory of God but also turns His ear towards action in our lives and of those whom we pray for (John 15:7, Philippians 4:6-7).

The Horizontal Dimension

How you relate to others.

  • The Fellowship Spoke: God has directed Christians to build each other up through inter-dependence and loving relationships with each other (Hebrews 10:24-25). Gathering together as the Body of Christ draws God close around us as we praise Him and encourage one another (Matthew 18:20).
  • The Witnessing Spoke: God has given believers the joy and responsibility of telling the world about the Good News of Christ’s work on earth (Matthew 4:19). In fact, sharing this spectacular news with others should be the natural overflow of a rich, vibrant life in Christ (Romans 1:16).