Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a sermon by Preacher Clark at Grandma’s farmhouse, sometime in the second half of January, 1970.
Taken from Gary’s Reel #1, CD #3, Track 1
Preacher Clark told the saints in this Sunday afternoon sermon, “Everybody needs a spiritual home, a place where you can say, ‘our meetings’.” Then he added this exhortation, “Don’t ‘run around’ on your husband or your spiritual home. If you are unfaithful to either of them, it is fornication.”
If God gives us anything, it is worth being faithful to it. Paul said that God expected anointed men such as himself to be faithful with the spiritual riches he had been given, to value that wisdom and to invest it wisely in the hearts of God’s children. And he did exactly that as long as he labored on earth in God’s vineyard. Paul cared well for the sheep in which he had invested the things of the Spirit that he had received from God. He appointed faithful men to watch over the flock of God in his absence, and kept in touch with them as much as he could with the means he had at his disposal.
In the main, God’s children in our time are as they were when Jesus came to them, “like sheep having no shepherd”. They wander on the hills, or “high places” of Christianity, feeding on whatever those shepherds will give them in exchange for their wool. And Jesus again feels compassion for them because they have no certain home, no place they can refer to as “our meetings”.
Has God given you a home? A place where you can gather with the upright and where you can say, “our meetings”? We are thankful for the home that we have for our bodies. How much more thankful should we be if we have been blessed with a home for our spirits while we are living in this world?