All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 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 11:13-15

To the church of God in [your nation], to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be His holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 1:1-3

According to multiple sources, Christianity is the world’s largest religion with over 2.4 billion followers, or 33% of the global population, making up a majority of the population in about two-thirds of the countries and territories in the world.

We who make up the body of Christ come from practically every nation on earth.  We speak most every language imaginable.  We look like every people group on the planet.  We worship in cathedrals and humble sanctuaries, in houses and out under the stars.  We are as different as can be, but we are one family because we all believe in Jesus.

When we chose Jesus as our King we left our countries behind to seek a better country, a heavenly one.  As Christians, our love for the nations we inhabit does not supersede our love for God, His Kingdom and its citizens.   As the prophet Daniel demonstrated, we pray for and support the nations where we live, but we belong to another Kingdom entirely.

When we grasp this truth we begin to make decisions and live our lives based on a heavenly perspective; realizing that our brothers and sisters are everywhere and not just in our own nation, neighborhood, congregation or home.  The result is an intense love and compassion in our hearts for all people everywhere.  In other words, we become like our God and King, who so loved the whole world.

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”  Romans 15:5-7

 

 

A Better Country
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