Start Strait

by APC on January 17, 2016

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:13–14, KJV).

There are paths we take in life that are riddled with obstacles and others are a quite easy. We may desire to take the easy way, but we should remember there is very little in life that has much value that has been easy to obtain. If we want to experience something great in our life, it will take effort—maybe some difficulty—to see it manifested in our life.

While one path in life may be easier to walk, Scripture tells us to enter at the strait gate. The meaning of strait in our setting of Scripture indicates a path that will take a specified degree of trouble or difficulty. We cannot allow our road ahead or the enemy to discourage our walk with God. We must remember God’s presence within us will help us overcome anything that is in the world (I John 4:4). We cannot give up when we start on the strait path with God.

There is a flow in this world trying to lead all to the pathway to destruction. This path is easy, but we must get off the path and get on the path that is strait and narrow. The end of this path will result in something greater than the world could ever give us.

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 (Proverbs 4:25–27, KJV).

We need to stay on the straight path and keep our feet from following evil. If we commit our lives to God, He will establish our end with Him (Proverbs 16:3). There are steps we need to take to prepare ourselves for the obstacles ahead:

Determine Our Right from Our Left

Scripture tells us to keep our eyes straight ahead and not to look to the left or the right. The turns in life are there to distract us and to move us off the strait path with God. We need to become aware of the things in life that try to subvert us from God’s pathway; we need to identify the things that “throw us off.”

If we have yielded to something in life once that put us on a wrong spiritual cycle, it will be the same things that will divert our path again. When we continually go back to what we know hurts us, the end result for us will be worse than it was from when we started (II Peter 2:20–21).

Surround Yourself with an Atmosphere of Success

Scripture warns us not to fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). If we are struggling to stay on the right path with God, the worst thing we could do is to stay in the wrong atmosphere. We need to find and atmosphere or a person who can help encourage us. Barnabas was called the son of consolation because he had a ministry of encouragement (Acts 4:36). Others knew this about him! If we aren’t an encourager, we need to find someone who is. If we find ourselves diverting from the strait path, we need to check the atmosphere around us!

Eliminate Distractions

Jesus spent time in the household of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. In the midst of the friendly gathering, Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus. She didn’t care about what the world thought of her decision—she chose to be with Jesus. Martha was too careful and troubled to see the good in what Mary had done; she was too distracted (Luke 10:41). But, Mary had chosen the good part—sitting at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:42). She had chosen the strait path.

Start Strait

We can be like Mary today and chose the strait path. We can forsake all, remove obstacles from our life, surround ourselves with the church, and eliminate our distractions. When we do all of this, when we start strait, we will stay strait.

Adapted from Sunday Morning Service on January 17, 2016