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Heb. 11:9-10

9 By faith [pistis] he sojourned [paroikeo] in [eis] the land [ge] of promise [epaggelia], as [hos] in a strange country [allotrios], dwelling [katoikeo] in [en] tabernacles [skene] with [meta] Isaac [Isaak] and [kai] Jacob [Iakob], the heirs with him [sugkleronomos] of the same [autos] promise [epaggelia]:
10 For [gar] he looked for [ekdechomai] a city [polis] which hath [echo] foundations [themelios], whose [hos] builder [technites] and [kai] maker [demiourgos] is God [theos]. KJV-Interlinear

9 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; 10 for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. NASB

Abraham lived his entire life and never saw his inheritance. Likewise his son and grandson, Isaac and Jacob, also lived their entire life in the promised land and they too, never saw their inheritance become a reality.

They traveled the entire length and breadth of the land, they saw it all, but they never settled in one place and never began the city building process. They lived in tents. They did not get bogged down in the business of this world.

Tents are a form of temporary residence. Tents are never permanent. They were never intended to be permanent.

All three men saw Gods promise, and believed it, but they did not expect it to be a part of this world.

They all three lived in the land as visitors, as guests. And so it is with you and me. Our real home is not of this world. We are only here temporarily. Our true home is in heaven.

And so we live out our life with the expectation that one day, God will fulfill His promises to each one of us.

James 5:7
7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, NASB

One day there will be an eternal city. Its name has already been decided, Eze. 48:35, 'Jehovah Shaamaah,' 'The Lord is there'. That will be the name of the new eternal city, 'The Lord if there.'

It will not be constructed with human hands. It will not be constructed from the materials of this world.

One of the more difficult aspects of this life, is the wait. What do we do in the mean time? Well, God has given each one of us a gift. At birth we were all given a gift of some sort. Some of us can sing and dance. Some of us are athletic. Some of us are very smart. Some of us are very strong. Some of us can type. Some of us will change diapers. All of us have some natural gift from our physical birth.

Likewise, when each one of us was saved, we received more gifts. This time the gifts are of a spiritual nature. Now, these gifts might accent or enhance your physical gifts, or they might be something entirely different. Only you can figure out what your gifts are. That is, if you are advancing in your spiritual life.

At spiritual maturity all of your gifts will function with great efficiency, as God intends. But if you are not advancing to spiritual maturity, then you probably haven't a clue as to what your 'real' gift for life is. You might just be a worker bee, and think that, that is all there is, but here is a secret. There is more to life than you are tapping into. And your indifference or your spiritual failure is your loss.

Whatever your mode of life is, that is the means of your logistical support for this life. Sing or dance, whatever you do in life, that is your means of earning a living. That is your means of support for fulfilling your obligations to God. And those obligations are to grow up to spiritual maturity.

All of your earthly activities are temporary at their very best. Anything you do or accomplish in this life, will never be anything more than temporary.

Your spiritual life is the only permanent thing that you will possess from this life.

If we knew that Christ would be coming in a week, we would give full attention to our spiritual studies, to praying, to witnessing, to serving, and to all the other things that go along with our spiritual life. But we do not know when the Lord will call us home. So we wait, and we wait, and we wait. In the mean time we grow up physically. We grow up mentally. We do what we do in our daily life. And .... we should also grow up spiritually. The first three will fade with time. The last, our spiritual life, will never leave us.

Abraham started his journey by listening. Then he believed. Then he took action and left the old things behind, in search (spiritual growth) for something new, for something better.

Then he just waited on the Lord. Don't search for your purpose in life from among the things of this world. You'll never find it. Instead search for your meaning and purpose in your spiritual growth. There you will discover much more than you could ever realize.

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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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