Sermon on the Mount (cont.)
It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. Matthew 5:30
…ouch! We all struggle with it, temptation – and we don’t spend a lot of time talking about it. We live in a very distracting culture, I can’t even believe what is on after 8:pm on the boob-tube (pun intended). We have a hard time finding things to watch as a family, right now old re-runs of “America’s Funniest Videos” with good ol’ Bob Sagget is our favorite.
One thing that has stuck with me and helped me is the idea of focus. Where is my focus? Check out this verse:
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3
I find that when I am focused on Christ, when I am doing the things that he has called me to; loving him, my family, people, serving, leading, visionizing, etc. When I am focused on the things of heaven, there is less and less room for temptation.
Another thing that has stuck with me is the whole “better than blank” idea. Which is basically the idea that there is nothing better than Jesus, no temptation, no sin, no luxury, no position, no paycheck – there is nothing better than being in relationship with him and living a life that is focused on the principles of the Bible.
Of course this short essay is no cure-all for temptation, but maybe just an encouragement to re-focus and keep my life laser guided on Him…