I’m often inspired by Abraham’s remarkable faith in God, but lately, it’s his ability to envision that’s challenging me.
Abraham envisioned a land, a “city” that God designs, prepares, and builds (Genesis 12:1-3; Hebrews 11:11-12, 16). In a real sense, we’ve already entered this “city.” Our citizenship is in heaven, we have “come to Mount Zion, to city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem, to innumerable angels in festal gathering, to the assembly enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all” (Hebrews 12:22-23). Heaven and earth are still two different dimensions, but they are closely related. One day, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” and the two will be completely integrated (Revelation 21-22). Although we don’t build the kingdom of God, we actively work for his kingdom knowing that our work is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
What would it look like if we were to treat this land as a “welcome sign” for the day when God’s heavenly city comes down to earth?
Abraham envisioned the people on the way, an “offspring” from every nation (Genesis 13:14-18; 15:5-6; 22:17; Galatians 3:29). Abraham saw in the dust underneath and the stars above “great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” of believers in Christ (Hebrews 11:12; Revelation 7:9-10).
What if we were to see our neighbors in the stars above us?
Abraham envisioned Jesus’ “day” and was glad (John 8:58)! We don’t have to envision it. Easter really did happen. Jesus is Lord. We gladly embrace his kingly presence now and forevermore. All that we are and do will be “kept in heaven” as “treasure” to be utilized in the age to come (Matthew 6:20).
What if we were to live each day fully convinced that Jesus is King?
by Gloria Wiese