The discipleship wheel is a simple tool we use for discipleship. The center of the wheel represents the inward renewal the gospel brings. The five spokes of the wheel represent the outward signs of this renewal. The purpose of this tool is to diagnose one’s spiritual health, reveal underlying beliefs, and promote gospel-motivated transformation.
Before we are to do anything else, we are called to love God. That is the greatest commandment (Matt 22:37-39). Love, however, cannot be forced. It is the voluntary aligning of one’s affections onto that which one desires most. When we love God not because we have to, but because we want to, we experience a new kind of obedience to his commands. We find the source of that love in the gospel where Jesus died for our sins to restore us to God our father. The Christian life is a joyful response to this gospel.