Location, Location, Location!

by Lester Young

Have you ever wondered why location is so important when talking about real estate? Yeah, I know – that’s an outright silly question. A property’s value is completely tied to and totally dependent upon what someone in the market is willing pay for it, and what someone in the market will pay for it is completely tied to and (almost) totally dependent upon where it’s located – and it’s not all that hard to understand why. Nearby amenities, mineral rights, proximity to water (or to the end of the local airport’s runway) are all very important considerations a prospective homebuyer will weigh when deciding to purchase a piece of real estate.

Now, if you’re in Christ Jesus, do you know where you live? (If you answered “1450-East-32nd-Street” or anything such…well…….you get no points for that.) God’s Word says that our life is hid with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Everything pertaining to our life is in Him (2 Peter 1:3). Makes sense, considering we’re directed to make our dwelling, our habitation, our abode in Him, right? (Psalm 23:6, 27:4, 91:9; John 15:4-7).

But where exactly is that location, you ask? Well, our citizenship is in heaven, new Jerusalem, the Jerusalem that’s above (Philippians 3:20; Galatians 4:26) – it’s where we were born (again), and it’s our home, right now! (Revelation 3:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16) And talk about a prime parcel of real estate…the streets (that you walk or drive on!) are made of pure, transparent gold! They make foundations out of sapphires and emeralds! They make gates – and not just the gate goin’ into your little ole rinky-dink mansion (John 14:2-3), but the (huge) gates of the outer walls of the city – out of pearls…no, no, I mean single, individual, one-per-gate pearls! (Revelation 21:21) Just think about them oysters – I know some folks will be showing up there with a fork in one hand and a station wagon full of tartar sauce. (…..sorry.) Anyway, that’s where we live. And how do we live there now? By believing and living His Word, the covenants of promise (Galatians 4:23-26; Ephesians 2:12-13; 2 Peter 1:3-4). That’s how we exercise our actual citizenship in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

How much would you as a homebuyer be willing to pay for real estate like that? Well, none of us could write that many ‘zeroes.’ Thankfully, though, we don’t have to. The whole place has already been given to us. Oh, not that it was free, mind you – an unconscionably heavy, unthinkable price had to be paid for it. It’s just that we didn’t have to lay it out. Someone else did, and then He turned around and willed it all to us (Matthew 26:28; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20). I believe I’d call that pretty valuable.

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