Since you were a small child, you’ve heard the expression, straight and narrow used. It’s been explained to you that it means the road to hell is wide (easy to travel) and the road to heaven is narrow (extra effort required). You begin to receive clarity in Isaiah 40:3 KJV where God gives you this prophecy:
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
This prophecy steers you straight as the straight and narrow is likened to a desert highway that most people refuse to travel. They choose the wide road, the one that’s full of shortcuts; the one that will take you to a place that you don’t want to be. You may ask:
(1) Are special skills required for me to travel this straight and narrow course?
(2) What happens when trying does not seem to be enough as there are times when I try and still fall short?
(3) There are times when it seems more difficult for me than it is for others. Why is this; I’m really trying to stay the course?
In response to your first question, are special skills required? Traveling the straight and narrow requires that you use all your skills. Most of us want to go to heaven and it’s important, when traveling this road, that you recognize both God’s Involvement and yours. You begin to observe the importance of this involvement as you travel to Mark 10:25 KJV where Mark brings the “eye in the needle” verse to your attention.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Do you recall what the requirements were for a caravan to enter the gates after the sun had set? For security reasons the gates were closed and locked at sunset and there was a needle gate that had to be used by caravans when they arrived after dark. First the camel was forced to kneel down in front of this small gate. Next its cargo was removed and the camel had to crawl through the needle. This was the only way that caravans were allowed to enter after the sun had set.
Security is also important to God as He attempts to make this simple point to you: Your cargo (riches), if consisting of ill gotten gains, must be removed before you can enter heaven’s gate. Being rich is no sin as wealth obtained by honest means is always blessed by God. Receiving God’s blessings assures you that you’re on the straight and narrow.
Repentance enters into the equation because God will remove your ill gotten gains. He forgives you the moment you make amends and repent. You might say: the moment you kneel before the needle gate!