Straight and Narrow

Where did that expression come from? Walk the straight and narrow. It generally refers to someone who may have walked the crooked and broad in their lifetime. Throughout the bible there are references to our walk and our choices if we are to walk with God. We choose the narrow gate, follow the path of righteousness. Joshua was told; “Do not turn from it to the right or left, that you may be successful.”

Some of us have our personal view of what success might be,  and consider that it  has little to do with right or left, and all to do with reaching our personal goals. Simple  thought has proposed “The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job”. My wife would say, amen!  Others might say; “Succeed I must, even if means a dead millionaire at fifty”. There are those who would place fame and recognition at the top of the list. Erma Brombeck said;” Don’t confuse fame with success… One is Madonna, the other is Helen Keller”.

Does some of this miss the point? Jesus would place our goal, our destination, totally outside of our personal desires, and miles from any criteria set by men. Theologians preach that we must first find God’s heart for us;  that our destination should be life everlasting. Worthy advise, but can our focus be entirely that distant goal. Should we wait in constant study and  preparation and anticipation of a final reward?

God anticipates our “coming ” not only our arrival. He delights in our joys along the way and moves us through our wanderings. He already knows all about every arrival just as He knows about every beginning. What we “do” from here- to- there shapes us into convincing and worthy travelers who have been graced by the company of others.  We all have traversed through light and darkness,  and all under the view and council of the Holy Spirit who plans our days with us every morning. He registers surprise along with us when it takes an ugly turn….. yet, He smiles that we are just having another  mid-term exam.

God must have reason to say “well done” for it was in the doing not the dreaming by which we are measured.  He might well say then; “How many did you bring with you?” One might say; “As many as the Spirit willed.  So much is not in our hands. So much can slip through our fingers.” …………. One may only be half right in that assumption.

About 4hispraise

I am quite simply a child of our Lord God. What good that I have done or may do, I pray will reflect solely on the presence of The Holy Spirit who speaks for me in all things.
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4 Responses to Straight and Narrow

  1. granbee says:

    Yes, let us line us a VERY long line of fellow believers to pass through that narrow gate with us!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    There is a Chinese saying “The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it.” .

    Is it not amazing that The God Who says He can do it, does interrupt the person doing it? and He leads the person to life everlasting and perfection and reward in Him! This is our Amazing God!
    UM thanks for your part in leading our thoughts to this amazing fact.

  3. I love the progressive logic in this. Thanks for some good follow-on thought inspired by the points you make.

    I have my written purpose, challenge and goal, which is in front of me here at the computer, on my writing desk, and in my Bible. I review it often and assess my progress. However, above this I keep in mind my loving Father’s goal for me, from Ephesians 4:13. “Till we come . . . unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” – or as the Amplified puts it “nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection” (Christlikeness)

    Now, I know His goal will not be reached in THIS life, but there should be evidence of a continual progress towards His goal for me. One day, Christ will present me to Himself holy and without blemish [Ephesians 5:27] and then I “shall be like Him” [1 John 3:2]

    That day is one day closer!

    What an amazing God!

  4. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    This is truly a great article, thanks for sharing, and keep walking out your purpose as you move swiftly towards your destination.

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