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The city looks beautiful
from a distance. Have you ever seen the San Francisco skyline as the sun
descends in the west? Or the Tandy buildings lit up at Christmas time in
Fort Worth? The view of Albuquerque is exquisite from the West Mesa looking
down into the Valley. The hot air balloons fill the morning sky and the
lights sparkle, illuminating the evening air.
Up close, now that's a different
story--traffic jams, pollution, noise, crime, homelessness, stench, hopelessness.
Our cities have unique problems that seem impossible to solve. Country
folks think there is something inherently sinful about it and warn their
young of the evils of the city.
What is the cure for the
problems of the city? A new government, more police, better schools and
Several Biblical writers
used the city as a metaphor for heaven. The writer of Hebrews wrote:
"Abraham did this because he was confidently looking forward to a
city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. "
(Hebrews 11:10 NLT)
Though the city has its problems, it
also has its advantages. It is difficult to find a store open 24 hours
a day in the country. You will never have your choice of restaurants, and
perhaps more importantly, the country doesn't have emergency medical care
just around the corner.
The city that God designed and built
is one without crime, pollution or problems. It is a place where your every
need is met.
It will be more beautiful than San
Francisco in the evening, Fort Worth in the winter or Albuquerque in the
fall. It has streets made of gold and doors made of pearls. Not an ordinary
place. But most of all, it has God as its light.
Heaven is a place I'm looking forward
to being, when it is time. Until then, I'll try to bring a little heaven
to earth as an ambassador of the King.