Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16
Nearly every person desires for something to be better than what it is. People can always find ways or things that could be improved in their own lives or around them. No matter how great a nation is, a person can find something that could be better and they wish it could happen.
While most have these desires, most also do not know how to make it happen or even expect things to change.
As the author of Hebrews lists people of the bible and how they lived by faith, he points out that they were looking for a country that is in heaven. With this longing in their hearts, God calls them His people and prepared for them a city.
Although most people have desires for something to happen, most also do not expect those things to actually occur. Often people lose faith in what could possibly make it happen. This occurs when the change takes too long to become a reality.
True believers will have to live by faith in God. He has promised something 2,000 and more years ago that still has not occurred. God promised life for eternity in heaven, in a place He has prepared for them, but it has yet to happen.
Instead of being like the world, longing for things here on this earth, the believer will have his heart set on things of God. His desire and focus will be on building a greater kingdom that is yet to come. It is focused upon eternity in heaven, rather than the temporary things of this earth.
Living in this way is living by faith in God and what He promised.
You may have many different desires for things in your day-to-day living. There may be many things that you want to see changed or made better. While all of these things may be good, they are not always what is best and many may be just temporary changes.
Allow your focus and trust be upon God and His eternal kingdom. Keep working in faith to build His kingdom greater and greater until it is fulfilled for all eternity.
Do not lose heart in the failures of this world, but trust God in His promises and long for what He has for you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will have faith in all of God’s promises; that you will desire what God has for you; that you will focus on building God’s eternal kingdom; and that you will live by faith in God.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36
In order to gain some things of great value it takes perseverance, work and time. Investors say that in order to save and have a large retirement account, one must put in a little every day or week for years. In the same way, athletes must obey their coach, work hard and persevere, in order to win the coveted prize at the end of the season.
It takes a lot of patience and work to get the reward in the end.
Once the author talked about being made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus, he tells them to persevere to the end. This is so that they will receive what God promised after they had done His will.
Becoming a believer in Jesus is easy. It is just a matter of repentance and faith in what Jesus did.
Millions are willing to accept Jesus, but many are unwilling to do the next step–to do the will of God. When things get difficult or don’t make any sense, people are very quick to give up trying. Instead of having patience when things are tough to continue on the path they started, they stop.
Many people are expecting a quick and easy road to salvation. While becoming a believer and being saved is fast and easy, the completion of the salvation takes time and is often filled with pain.
God has called each and every believer to do a work while here on this earth. That work is to spread the gospel message to the dying world. For each person this may be done in a different way, but the message is the same.
The believer who has done God’s will, will in the end receive what God had promised–eternal life, those who didn’t do His will, will be condemned.
God has a mission for you to do while you are on this earth. Do not allow yourself to sit back and just relax, but persevere and work to complete the task He has set before you.
By your obedience in doing this, you are showing God that you do love and trust Him. Just as it was with Jesus, it will be very tough and long at times, but hang in there and you will be rewarded, just as Jesus was.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen your perseverance; that God will show you what He wants you to do; that God will strengthen you to do His will; and that some day you will receive the reward God has for you.