For here we have no lasting city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
We are to continue to show love to one another, practise hospitality to strangers and pray for prisoners. We should have pure lives free from adultery and greed.
We must imitate the lives of our leaders and their faith. We should always look to Jesus our sacrifice, and not allow others to divert us with strange teachings. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever.
Our city is not in this world. We must continually go outside the city to the place of sacrifice, allowing Jesus to transform our lives.
If we dissect this passage and list out the rules which must be obeyed then we will become overwhelmed by the things we have to do to please God.
This passage is not about obeying rules as such. Jesus is the focus of the passage. We need to keep our focus on Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and for ever. If we do that, we find our natural inclination is for the Holy Spirit to transform our lives so that we become the people the “rules” command us to be.
Jesus is our eternal sacrifice. He takes away the sins of the world and presents us faultless to the Father. Hallelujah!
Lord God, please dwell in my life with such radiance that sin has no attraction to me. Amen.