Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
One day we will not be able to reach our city or our world. One day when Jesus returns, when he fully brings his kingdom to bear in this world.
On that day there will be a new city. A city filled with people. People who trusted in Jesus. People who gave their lives to him. People who persevered through the pain and suffering of this life. People who finished the race. On that day there will not be any curse. There will not be any sin, or any of its side effects. No more suffering. No more pain. No more wrong. No more darkness. In this new city, there will be light. There will be life. Real, true, eternal life. We will finally see God face to face, our relationship with him restored, and we will have all eternity to share in his goodness.
And it will be filled from the nations that are around us. People from every tribe, every nation, every tongue. The nations will find their healing in this city, around the tree of life, from the water of life.
Reach the city, reach the world is a summary for what God asks us to do as a local church. We share the gospel of Jesus with the lost around us in our city. We support, send and pray for brothers and sisters overseas to share the gospel with people all over the world.
Are you longing for this day? This day with no more curse? How does that affect your attitudes to life? How does that affect your attitude to the lost around you?
Who do you want to join you in this city? How can you share the saving message of Jesus with them?
Read 2 Corinthians 6:3-18
As a servant of God, how does Paul commend himself to the Corinthians? Which of those characteristics do you need to see more in your own life?
How open are you to hardship now for the sake of the gospel? For the sake of reaching our city and our world?
How does the gospel give you hope and reason to endure?
Thank you for saving me. Thank you for the hardship you endured, for the hardship that Jesus endure for my sake. Thank you for bringing me back to you. Thank you for giving me this hope of an eternal home, in a city with other brothers and sisters, in perfect community with them and with you.
I am sorry for the times when I focus too much on this world instead of the one that is coming. I pray that my hope for my eternal home will influence all that I do. I pray that it will be seen by the lost people around me, and that they would believe in you. I pray that they would trust in Jesus, and join us on that day with you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.