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Abraham saw a city

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the  same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Heb 11:8-10)

When God called Abraham out of his comfort and security, he followed God by faith, not knowing where he was going. He started moving from place to place, dwelling in tents! Abraham left the comfort and security of being in the midst of his people through obedience.  He followed God faithfully because he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Father Abraham  saw something ahead which is much more glorious than what he was leaving behind. It is very difficult to be a follower (disciple) of Christ if you cannot see what Abraham saw.

Moses saw a city

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. (Heb 11:24-27)

Moses also saw something. He was a prince in Egypt, but he chose rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season. Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter! He esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt. Moses saw the riches of Christ before Christ came into this world! He endured all he went through and followed God by faith because he saw the invisible. Sure, he saw something. Believer in Christ, what can you see? If all you can see is financial prosperity, you are of all men most miserable and pitiable!

The unsearchable riches of Christ

“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,” (Eph 3:8-10)

Paul saw something the ordinary eye could not see. He considered it a great privilege to be given the grace to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ among the Gentiles. The riches of Christ are unsearchable. It is a mystery, hidden from the ordinary and covetous eyes. The great riches of Christ are inexhaustible. They are unfathomable and infinite. Paul and the Apostles saw this city, denied themselves, carried their cross and followed Jesus to the end. It is now our turn.

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