Keeping Our Eyes on the Road

I sometimes forget just which vehicle I am driving. One of them lets out a beep or a boop when I come close to the center line or start to run off the road. The other one would let me drive into oncoming traffic or even venture off road without even a peep. Thankfully my wife keeps my driving in check, in that she speaks up well before either of us start to panic.

While driving to class in the “quiet” vehicle this past Wednesday night, I looked at Kim and she immediately reminded me that I needed to keep my eyes on the road as I jerked on the steering wheel to keep the car pointed in the direction that we needed to head.

After thinking about this latest swerve to keep from running off the road, I thought it would be helpful if we heard a beep or a boop in our ear if we started to stray from the narrow road. I know, not something that will ever happen, but thankfully we have the Bible to direct our path and our conscience to keep us pointed in a righteous direction toward the narrow gate.

Matthew 7:13-14 NIV

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

I pray that we always stay focused on the narrow gate, but if we should briefly swerve off that narrow road that leads us to it, we know that our sins can and will be forgiven. Focusing on the wide gate while traveling the broad road is not a rewarding choice.

1 John 1:5-10 NIV

5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

May we keep our eyes on the narrow road as we stay focused on the narrow gate.

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