WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”
Hebrews 13:14 ESV
PRAYING OUR LEADERS POINT US HOME
There was a time during the American Civil War, when the rival armies were encamped on the opposite banks of the Potomac River, the Union’s band played one of its patriotic tunes, and the Confederate musicians quickly struck up a melody dear to any Southerner’s heart. Then one of the bands started to play “Home, Sweet Home.” The musical competition ceased, and the musicians from the other army joined in. Soon voices from both sides of the river could be heard singing, “There is no place like home.” In a similar way, (all those with Christ as head), in spite of many divisions, is bound together by that one strong link–we are all going home, and to the same home. We have a common destiny. (Matthew Kratz, Hope that Stands in the Storm)
It’s clear to most of us that we are living in a divided nation on many issues. And while our national issues are important and worth the time and effort required to pursue godly causes in that arena, this world is only a temporary home for those of us who are believers. The Bible uses the analogy of a city to describe our heavenly home with Christ. And the priority for us and church leaders must always be focused on leading people to our eternal home in heaven with God.
Our American citizenship is important but it’s not eternal and not as important as our heavenly citizenship. The Apostle Peter says in 2 Peter 3:13-14, “But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.” Revelation 21 is largely a symbolic description of heaven. Take some time today and read that chapter. What are you most looking forward to about heaven? Pray that our leaders would continue to point people to Jesus and an eternal home in heaven.