Tuesday, December 18, 2007

They Seek a Country

13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:13, King James Version


They Seek a Country

Tucked right in the middle of Hebrews 11 are these four verses; I chose to end the study of Hebrews 11 with them because they really express the theme of the entire chapter. Which country do you seek?

I often think of this saying:

He is so heavenly minded that he is of no earthly good.

Is that really possible? What does it mean to be of earthly good? The only good on this earth is the goodness of God in providing a Redeemer who paid the most costly price possible that He might gain a people for Himself. Therefore, the only good you can do for this earth, as a Christian, is to proclaim the name of Christ in all of your thoughts, your words, and your deeds.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. This is so profoundly simple that we miss it!

Who is the object of our faith? Christ. What do we truly seek? A better country; a perfect world. God is preparing a world for us that will not be tarnished in any way by the sin which has polluted this world. Even the plants and animals here are affected by the sin of man. That will not be so in the new earth.

Pray today that you will not live as though this world is all there is, but rather that you will seek a better country!

God Bless You,
Linda

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