Focus and Attention

Re:Verse passage – Exodus 20:14 (day five) 

“You shall not commit adultery.”

Having sex is not the only way to commit adultery. Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:28 move the line between “safe and sin” even further away from physical intimacy. “but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Yet how many times do we feel like we need to know exactly where the line is between right and wrong. Often the question that accompanies this train of thought is, “How far is too far?”  Let’s be honest enough to admit we ask it in all kinds of different circumstances that relate to many different kinds of sins.

The problem with this question is that it’s the wrong question to ask.  When we ask this question, our attention and focus are directed toward the sin.  Maybe a better question to ask is, “How close can I get to the Lord?”  When we ask this question our attention and focus are aimed at the Savior. Let’s ask the right questions.

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2-3‬


Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

One thought on “Focus and Attention”

  1. Good blog. Thank you! My heart tells me to place my focus and attention to Jesus so I can achieve inner peace! Inner peace will bring health, joy and happiness. Peace is the goal while we live on this earth!

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