Straight Line

posted Jul 20, 2013, 1:57 PM by David Sincock

Did you know that you cannot walk in a straight line with your eyes closed? Seriously. Give it a try sometime. Better yet, make one of your kids try it so you can laugh at them. Go to a football field and start walking across it on the 50 yard line. At the first hash marks close your eyes (no peeking) and try to walk the rest of the way along that straight line. You cannot do it. No one can without help. It is just a fact about us Humans.

To walk a straight line toward a goal takes guidance every step of the way. Someone can hold your hand. You can open your eyes. You could follow a rope. But alone and unguided you will miss your goal. You will veer.

The same principle is true of other paths and goals in our lives. We set out on a line focused on our destination. It goes well. The marriage is great. The job is prospering. Grades are staying up. Pounds are dropping.

And then we stop watching. We assume we will stay on a straight heading. But we don’t. We drift. We get off path. We miss our goal. In serious cases, we crash and burn… Ugly.

To be a Christian may be the ultimate walking of a straight line. There is a clear path to follow and a defined goal ahead. We begin a little wobbly but we soon learn how to walk the Christian life. Staying on that path takes constant guidance.

Every week at Fellowship we remind you that the first reason we exist is to “help you follow Jesus”. It sounds simple, and it is. Yet without constant guidance it is impossible to follow that straight line.

That is why it is so important to belong to a group of fellow believers and regularly worship together. The Sabbath.

Every week we look at our path and check our line. We have friends to walk with to help guide us. And we do not veer. We refresh our direction and goals. We keep our attention on our Savior. We tune out life’s distractions. The important things remain important. We follow Jesus.

In John 10:27 Jesus said, “I know them, and they follow me.”