A Direct Path

It is obvious that the shortest path one can take to an objective is a straight line. This is as true metaphysically as it is materially. The first step to take in seeking a straight path in life is to decide where we want to go. Without a distinct objective we lack a sense of direction and are likely to wander around aimlessly. A well-defined objective gives us the sense of direction we need. And when this objective is truly spiritual, we can be sure of God's assistance.

No one ever had a better sense of direction than Christ Jesus. He understood that real, immortal life in Spirit was the truth of his being, and he went straight toward it. This involved two things— the putting off of the material sense of existence—mortality—and the actual demonstration of the spiritual sense of life—immortality. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6; He also said, "Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matt. 7:14;

Coming to the Father as Jesus taught means finding one's perfect selfhood in Christ, the true idea of sonship. And this requires proving that one's real identity is God's likeness. There can be no lingering with interests in empty materialism in this path. The way is narrow because there is no room in it for evil, materialistic encumbrances.

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A Universal Need—Guidance
May 3, 1969

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