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But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3: 13, NIV)

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ
Philippians 2: 20

In preparation for this coming Sunday (2nd Sunday in Lent), as I read the Philippians verse above, I thought of the quote below. It is from The Letter to Diognetus, 2nd Century, from an unknown Christian to a high Roman official.  

For Christians cannot be distinguished from the rest of the human race by country or language or customs. They do not live in cities of their own; they do not use a peculiar form of speech; they do not follow an eccentric manner of life. This doctrine of theirs has not been discovered by the ingenuity or deep thought of inquisitive men, nor do they put forward a merely human teaching, as some people do.  Yet, although they live in Greek and barbarian cities alike, as each man’s lot has been cast, and follow the customs of the country in clothing and food and other matters of daily living, at the same time they give proof of the remarkable and admittedly extraordinary constitution of their own commonwealth. They live in their own countries, but only as aliens. They have a share in everything as citizens, and endure everything as foreigners. Every foreign land is their fatherland, and yet for them every fatherland is a foreign land.  They marry, like everyone else, and they beget children, but they do not cast out their offspring. They share their board with each other, but not their marriage bed. It is true that they are “in the flesh,” but they do not live “according to the flesh.”They busy themselves on earth, but their citizenship is in heaven.

Lord God Almighty, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that Your is leading us and Your love supporting us;  through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

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