In a Straight Line
Posted November 21, 2015
And make straight paths for your feet... Hebrews 12:13
I like straight lines. They are pleasing to my eye. Yes, I am the kind of person that has to straighten photos on the walls, furniture, even the table in a restaurant before I can enjoy my meal.
My husband can attest that I habitually have to straighten the bed every night before I climb into it. It always gets moved somehow a little, and no matter how slightly, I cannot sleep unless the bed is straight.
It frustrates my husband. He always says that when I am in bed and the light is off that I will never notice that the bed is moved on one end no more than a half an inch, but hey, I will know and it will bother me. I have got to have my straight lines.
Straight lines are just that, straight. They aren't curvy, whacky, or off balance. They are level. Here are some things about straight lines that I just love.
Straight Lines Make Things Easier.
I am sure you have noticed that straight lines are easier to travel than those with winding turns and curving direction. If you are traveling somewhere on a trip, it is nice when it is a straight road to follow. It is great when it is a direct route or when you can hop on the freeway and basically get to your destination in a straight shot.
Following the straight path and obeying the Lord makes life so much easier on us Christians too. That is not to say we won't go through trials and ups and downs in our lives, but walking the straight and narrow will sure lighten the load on the journey.
We don't have to wander and veer off course if we are on the right road. We can know we are on target. It keeps us out of so much trouble and makes things much easier.
I think some us just make life harder on ourselves by getting off course with our relationship with the Lord. Life isn't always a bed of roses but some of us just like living in the thorns. We get off course and out of fellowship with our Lord and stay there all too often.
Straight Lines Makes Things Quicker.
Ever observed that straight line makes things quicker too? What about straight talk? Love that, don't you? Just get to the point without all the rabbit trails. Straight talk can solve problems so much quicker and easier. What about traveling? Straight lines will get you there faster. Just hop on that freeway and you are there in a flash.
When we are keeping those straight lines and being obedient in our Christian life, it helps us grow quicker. We see spiritual maturity sooner. We start bearing that fruit of the spirit. We start showing love for others. We don't stagnate. We make progress in our spiritual lives.
We shouldn't stay at the same maturity level we started out with at the beginning of our walk with the Lord. Keeping focused on Christ and getting our feet on the straight path is going to get us to that maturity in Christ sooner.
Have you ever stopped to consider how much you have grown in the Lord since your salvation? Maybe it is time to take stock. If you haven't grown much in Christ, you may need to stop and get back on track. Get back to reading your Bible. Get back to talking with the Lord. Line up your life. Get things straight.
Straight Lines Keep us Focused.
It is extremely simple, but one thing about a straight line is that they go to a point. When we have a point to follow, it keeps us focused because we have an end point. We have a goal.
As Christians we have to have our eyes on Christ to help us focus. He is the point to aim for. Our eyes need that fixed point in order to help us not veer off course. Look what it says in Proverbs 4:25-27.
Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
A lot of times I hear verses 26 and 27 quoted together. Those verses are all about getting the path of our feet straight, but verse 25 is so important. Verse 25 talks about our eyes. We have to get our eyes focused before our feet will take us in the direction we need to go.
We have got to focus on Christ in order to follow that straight line. It is important. Just ask Peter. When he got his eyes off Christ, he began to sink when he began walking on the water (Matthew 14:;29-31).
When we have our eyes focused on Christ we are less likely to focus on the wind and all the things going on all around us.
Isaiah 26:3 says,
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Straight Lines Keep us Level.
This is my favorite thing about straight lines. They are level. They aren't bent, twisted, or cockeyed. When we are making "straight paths" for our feet, we need to rely on God's Word. The Word of God is that level that we need to enable a straight path. Our lives will line up if we use the Bible as a guide.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. Psalm 119:101
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Psalm 119:133
We can depend on God's Word to be that unchangeable line in our lives. God's Word won't change and neither will our Lord. He is not going to move, change, or alter. When we line our lives up by God and His Word we can't go wrong.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8
Straight lines can give us that guide we need. Remember Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz? When she begins her journey down the Yellow Brick Road she was told to stay on the path and was warned about getting off of it. Look what happened when she wandered off into those poppy fields. She ended up sitting down and falling asleep.
I fear some of us Christians have gotten off the straight path. That beauty and fragrance has enticed us and we are over in the poppy fields sawing some z's.
Some of us have become pew-sitters. Some have been put on the shelf. We no longer serve the Lord like we used to.
The monkeys were released and we went running in the wrong direction because we weren't focused. We stopped putting our attention on Christ and became overwhelmed with all those things that hinder us on our spiritual journey.
The fix is simple—just like a straight line. We have to get our eyes on Christ once more. We have to line our lives up with that fixed point so we can start serving the Lord once more.
The fruit we are to bear and the blessings we are to receive lie along that straight line. This isn't to say that our lives will be perfect when we are where we should be spiritually. Life is going to be full of joys and sorrows. It is going to be full of ups and downs.
Sometimes we will feel like we are spinning in all directions, but when we have our eyes on Christ, we will be headed in the right direction. We will accomplish more for the Lord and our faith will grow.
Another reason to keep our feet on the right path is that others are watching. We don't want to be a stumbling block to others.
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Hebrews 12:13
We have to get back into God's Word and obey His commands. I'm not talking about being legalistic, because we are not under the law. We don't have to worry about what man says or what others want us to do or even consider how they want us to live. I'm talking about just following God's Word.
We have to depend on the Word of God to be our guide. It keeps us focused and our lives level. It helps us live better. Love more. Laugh more. Life is fuller when we walking in tune with the Lord.
So, are you following a straight line?
Copyright ©2015 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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