Citizens of the City

October 15, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 13

Doubling down, hope dreams of a different life. The first part of the double calls to faith’s named patriarch. “…for he [Abraham] was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

The double’s second half reminds all disciples: “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 11:10 and 13:14). Citizens of the City wisely and selectively examine the future.

However, and meanwhile disciples living outside the City of God must not become so heavenly-minded as to be of no earthly good. Much of following Christ means we are vitally connected with this world’s turmoil and confusion. We do not approach this world’s life as unimportant. Disciples live in this tumultuous life while remembering “…our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20). 

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Christ calls his disciples to the challenge with these examples: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

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Looking forward to the full benefits of the City of God? Yes, disciples look forward. Engaged with the challenges of people’s daily needs? Yes, disciples are also engaged in doing all that we can, for as long as we can, providing for as many as we can. Profound decisions these choices in living toward the City of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Life Applications

When picturing a city whose builder and maker is God what images come to mind?

Can you describe ways in which your faith seeks to live toward our current cities and the City?

Are there specific actions which you believe help disciples live faithfully in both realities as redeemed human beings and citizens of the City?

Thank you for reading. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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