By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Living as we do in Britain today with its emphasis on personal success, material gain, scant understanding or knowledge of spiritual matters, lack of social conscience about the effects of behaviours on others, Christians are like strangers in a foreign country. That is because we hold to a faith in the risen Lord that profoundly challenges the dominant culture around us. Like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob while active for God and worshipping where we live now, we too look forward as heirs of the same promise to a more perfect place, that city built on a hill, the New Jerusalem won for us by the sacrifice on Calvary.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
Bow down before him, His glory proclaim;
With gold of obedience and incense of lowliness
Kneel and adore him; the Lord is his name.