We Desire and Pursue New Jerusalem

New JerusalemWe are seeking the Jerusalem above, longing after the heavenly country with the God-prepared city (Hebrews 11:16), and coming forward to the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22). We are not passively waiting for a future New Jerusalem; the living God in us is our present connection to the city.

Our seeking, longing, and coming matches Colossians 3:1-3: “Seek the things which are above….Set your mind on the things which are above….” Because we died with Christ and we now have a heavenly life with Christ in God, Colossians 3 also exhorts us not to set our mind on things which are on the earth.

Believers can take care of their life on earth while having their heart in heaven. But what about the many social needs around us? Whether to get involved or not is between you and the Lord. If He is leading you, your social actions will correspond to Him, including keeping your treasure and heart in heaven (Matthew 6:20-21) and having your mind not on the things which are on the earth (Colossians 3:2).

The real solution to every social problem around us is our Lord’s visible return with “the restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). Some aspects of this restoration are in Isaiah 11:1-10. The Lord’s restoration will be much better than any social action we can accomplish.

The “restoration of all things” will be wonderful, but that is not God’s goal. After the restoration there will still be some judgements to be accomplished in Revelation 20, then there will be new heaven and new earth with New Jerusalem as the center in Revelation 21. May we desire and pursue the new creation and New Jerusalem to the extent that this governs our living every day.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

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