They Seek A Country
"For they that say such things declare plainly
that they seek a country"
When any person comes to Jesus and is saved, he becomes a new person (see 2 Cor. 5:17). We are saved to better things. Those who are saved soon find out that this world is not their home any more. They turn their spiritual eyes toward heaven and set their affections on things above. Their life becomes simply a pilgrimage on earth. They look for, or seek, a better country.
1. CONSIDER THEIR CONFESSION
Those who are saved have confessed Jesus as their Savior and Lord. They have confessed that they are strangers in this world. They are misfits in the company of the people of this world. They have conflicting natures, and there is a communication problem. They confess that they are on a Journey to their heavenly home- - "a city whose builder and maker Is God" (Heb. 11:10).
2. CONSIDER THEIR CONTINUATION
The saved are continually beIng tempted to settle down here and make this world their home. We must never listen to those who would woo us away from the pathway that leads to our homeland- - that country that we seek. No one or anything should be able to stop us from keeping our eyes on the world to come.
3. CONSIDER THEIR COUNTRY
What kind of a country are we seeking? The Bible calls it "an heavenly" country (v. 16). It is a country where there is no sin, where there is no sadness, no sorrowful hearts, no sickness, and no death. All the saved have been given a nature that makes them long for that country. Not even the grandest place on earth will completely satisfy the saved. Heaven is our homeland. Our heavenly nature longs for that heavenly country. Our minds are filled with thoughts of heaven. We are continually being tempted to make this world our home, but our heavenly nature will not accept any or all of this world as our homeland. Our home is in heaven.
Sermon Outline From Billy Bryant