Saturday, May 11, 2013

A More Desirable Country

It is so easy to feel at home here in America.  We have so much wealth.  All of our needs are met.  It is very comfortable for most people.  However, this isn't our home.  The Bible tells us we are strangers, temporary residents, and exiles upon the earth.
We should be yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country,  a heavenly one.  I love Hebrews 11, the Hall Of Faith.  I love reading about the heroes of old and their amazing faith in God for without faith it is impossible to please God.
Moses preferred to share the oppression and bear the shame of the people rather than to have the fleeting enjoyment of a sinful life. {Hebrews 11:25}  He trusted God.  He considered contempt and abuse and shame for Christ to be greater wealth than all the treasure of Egypt. {Hebrews 11:26}
Living a sinful life is fleeting and unfulfilling.  The result is shame and guilt.  Living for this world and all it has to offer is emptiness.  Read Ecclesiastes.  The only thing worth living for is Jesus and His ways.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: 
Fear God, and keep his commandments: 
for this is the whole duty of man. 
For God shall bring every work into judgment,
with every secret thing,
whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Ecclesiastes 12:13,14

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