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“It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on the gates, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel” (Revelation 21:12).

The twelve tribes, twelve apostles, and twelve months are some of the things that remind us that the Lord is going to include from every tribe, tongue, and nation those who are His.  He has created everyone with the ability to become like Christ, but only some will follow that path.  This is the mystery of the age.  Why is it that some remain with the wicked one and reject the Lord, while others willingly come into His grace and mercy?

The Lord knows those who are His.  The Lord has prepared the gates by which those who are His may enter.  He is the true gate, and there are folk from all over who will come as they are called.  The Lord has prevailed and those who are under the wing of His grace are being prepared to dwell with the Lord forever.  You have been given the invitation through your baptism.  Will you come and enter?

Lord Jesus, I make things more complex than they need to be.  Over and over, You have shown me the gate that lets me leave the wickedness of this age and join with You.  It is not a physical place now, but it does grant hope for the age to come as my heart is changed by Your grace and mercy.  Continue to minister to my heart so that I may progress on the journey You have set before me.  Continue to prepare me for the heavenly Jerusalem.  Amen.

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