The One Year Bible readings this week have included the 11th chapter of Hebrews, a chapter often referred to as the “Hall of Faith.” One of the passages I love comes from this chapter:
“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.”- Hebrews 11:13-14
The older I get, the more I find myself feeling a longing for that “homeland.” Keith Mathison of Ligoneer shared this video from Scottish singer Dougie MacLean preforming his song “Caledonia.” It’s a lovely song about longing for home. Give it a listen and then pick up my comments below.
I love the line: “So I’ve been telling old stories, singing songs that make me think about where I came from, and that’s the reason why I seem so far away today.” Isn’t that a picture of our gathering as God’s people? We come to the Lord’s table, share the old stories, bear each others burdens and sing songs of hope. As pilgrims we long for that country whose builder and maker is God – a new earth where sin is destroyed and death is no more. I feel so far away from it today but I know His glory is out on the horizon.
The best 12 minutes you will spend today. Thanks to Tim Challis for pointing it out.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)
This is really excellent. I think from time to time that I’m making progress in a move from a man-centered gospel to a Christ-centered gospel. The truth is that what I discover more and more is how insidiously entrenched pride is in my own life. The temptation to make it all about me is ever present. Matt Chandler gives a great example of this in the video above. May we make it always and only about the triumph of Jesus. For more info on The Gospel Project, click here.