Heb 11:14-16 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. (15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. (16) But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
In our text, we read that those of faith, “declare plainly” that they seek a country. The meaning of the phrase “to declare plainly” is the idea “to put on exhibit, to uncover, or to reveal publically”.
These Godly men and women did not live their lives for the accumulation of the wealth, comfort and fame that this world has to offer. They knew a “better country awaited them”. But their testimony did not stop there. Through their actions and voices they “put on exhibit” to everyone that they were on a pilgrimage. Their travels were taking them THROUGH this fallen world and TO another world yet to come.
The world to come is called “heaven” or the “New Jerusalem” (Rev 21: & 22:), the city that God has prepared for each one of His chosen people of faith. The existence of heaven proves that we are loved, a part of God’s family, and heirs of wonderful blessings to come (John 14:2-3)
Are we living our lives as if we are on a pilgrimage through this world? If so, are we verbally explaining to others our motivation, the “great hope” that we possess of eternity with Him?
By God’s grace alone, might we all aspire to be like the faithful servants of Hebrews 11 who, by their voices and actions, “declared plainly that they seek a country.”
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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