We Seek the City to Come (3)

Let us therefore go forth unto Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For we do not have here a remaining city, but we seek after the one to come.” (Hebrews 13:13-14) The city to come is New Jerusalem.

Hebrews 13:13 speaks of going forth outside the camp and bearing the Lord’s reproach. Verse 14 begins “For.” This indicates that it explains why we go outside the camp and why we are willing to bear the Lord’s reproach. The reason is that we have no remaining city, no permanent attachment, here. We are not rooted in any city in this age but our seeking, our attention, our desire, is New Jerusalem. We have a physical address in this world but the address in our heart is Golden Street, New Jerusalem.

Having no remaining city here and seeking New Jerusalem to come are not separate; they are two sides of one coin. It does not matter whether we live in a shack or a large house, in a big city or small town. Our heart is the key. What do we love? Matthew 22:37 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Hebrews 13:5 is the other side of the coin: “Let your way of life be without the love of money.” We may own a house and take care of it, but our love is the Lord and not the house.

Lord, attract us to love You above everything else. Direct our hearts every day into the love of God (2 Thessalonians 3:5).

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  1. crownade

     /  October 9, 2012

    O Lord, keep and preserve us in Your everlasting and unconditional love for the goal of the New Jerusalem!

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