Last week I shared that there is only one passage in the New Testament (NT) with the world “dwell” in which the meaning is – focus of our attention. The word “dwell” and it’s variations all the rest of the time are used for a location, where someone lives for example.
Philippians 4:8-9 is the only NT passage teaching us about the focus of our attention by using the word “dwell”. (There are others words use to describe this process, synonyms, and I will write about those soon.) So, what is the significance that there are not more passages?
The first possibility to explore is, from the last post: 1. What we focus our attention on is not that important. I believe we immediately agree this is not a true statement, no matter what the context.
Where, on what, or on whom we focus our attention is very important. If we are driving and distracted by: ____( fill in the blank) ____, it is dangerous. When aiming anything, the target better be our focus. Anytime someone is talking to us, we ideally give our attention to that person.
So why doesn’t the Bible teach more about the focus of our attention = how we “dwell”? There are lots of options and we will explore them, but for now I think there is one practical answer – we know. We know when we are distracted and not focused. Therefore this whole topic should be unnecessary to explore?
Knowing and doing are too often different things! You may have noticed this is a frequent theme of the Bible. James 4:17 comes to mind. “So it is a sin for the person who knows to do what is good and doesn’t do it.” HCSB
I believe the reason I am so motivated to write about this subject is because of seeing in my life and others how we too often fail to see how our spiritual life affects us on a regular basis. How well are you “dwelling” on the Lord? Is He the daily, even more often, focus of your attention?
When we focus our attention well, spiritually and practically, everything is better!