A Straight Life


Folly is joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight.

~Proverbs 15:21, NASB [95]


The shortest distance between two points–is a straight line.

~The Law of Physics

Do you have a goal in life? Think about that for just a moment. Does God have a goal for you? I can answer the second question: God most definitely has a goal for you and it is sanctification. He intends to conform you to the image of Christ by separating you from sin. Blessed are those who have the same goal as God. Point A is our present condition and point B is sanctification. The best way to get from A to B is to walk a straight line. How do you walk straight in the spiritual realm? You have a single goal, a single purpose and one master. You do not waver to the left or to the right because you have a single focus. When Joshua lead the Israelites to victory at Jericho, he instructed them to move straight ahead and stay focused on the mission.

As Isaiah pointed out in Chapter 53, “We are all like sheep and we tend to stray or wander.” A similar verse in found in Psalm 95:10 {NET}…For forty years I was continually disgusted with that generation,
and I said, ‘These people desire to go astraythey do not obey my commands. The challenge for CHRISTIAN in Pilgrims Progress is to stay on the straight and narrow. Every time Christians wanders from the path, he gets in trouble. Young people don’t realize the value of time or energy because they have so much but when you get my age, you realize when you get up in the morning that you are under the constraints of both time and energy. I’ve got just so many steps. There is a limit to how many times I can climb the ladder before total fatigue and cramping of muscles sets it. So I am very concerned about the straight line; I don’t have the time and energy to wander. As we grow older, we realize that stewardship involves more than money. Paul’s admonition to the Ephesians comes to mind…So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do [NLT]. The NASB reads…Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.


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