The Lasting City

For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
Hebrews 13:14

We are sojourners, pilgrims passing through a land not our home. We are looking for a better country, the promise ahead of us, straining toward a goal to be received when we are called home to Christ. Called home. Called from this world of travail to a world of eternal peace and joy.

We were made for this world, but we ruined it. Through our sin we have created a place of terrible tribulation. By his grace, God has relocated our home. Though we were made for this world, this world is no longer home. But we do have a home, an eternal home, an incorruptible home, a home found with God.

As you cry out with the suffering people of the world, remember that this world is not your home. We were not created to live in places of sin and suffering; these are intruders, usurpers, and they have already been defeated and will one day be brought to an end.

But as we remember these things, we also remember that experiencing the joys of our eternal home is not a gift automatically applied to all people. There are countless numbers of people who will be eternally cut off from God. experiencing the sufferings of Hell. This means we have work to do. We are not on earth just to endure to the end. We are not on earth to hunker down and survive as best we can until we reach Heaven. We are here to do the work of the Lord – spreading the glory of his name among the nations.

This world offers nothing of lasting value. Lasting value is found only with God. So do not build up treasures on this world. Instead, use your treasures to the glory of God, to spread his name among the nations. One day all the cities of this world will cease to be but the eternal city of God will never pass away. Invest in that city, and live in such a way that you point people to an eternal home with God.

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