Have you ever given thought to what is the most expensive piece of property in this world? Would you guess some tropical isle or remote alpine location? Certainly it would not be in a metropolitan area or in a desert. Having lived in remote desert areas, my wife and I found they possess a beauty of their own. One just has to look for it. Yes, just about everything around you has stickers or fangs, but cactus flowers are among the most stunning of all blossoms. And the reptiles are beautifully colored and patterned (best seen through binoculars). But aside from that, it is a vast nothingness at first glance.
But, it is a desert that has the highest value of any land on Earth and not for its oil or mineral rights. It would be the ultimate sale for any real estate agent (the state owns most of the land). I am sure you have guessed Jerusalem by now. This land is so valuable that tens of thousands have given their lives over it. It is the most contested ground on Earth. Most importantly God thinks so too and has established it as such. Scripture tells us, “His foundation is the holy mountains. The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah” (Ps. 87:1-3). God loves Jerusalem!
Now God loves the quiet, peaceful homes of those abiding in Him too, but the gates are another thing. Might we compare these gates to church doors? The reason for God’s love of the gates of Jerusalem is that it was where people flocked through to publicly worship Him. Likewise, church doors give Him pleasure as we walk through to worship Him. “That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation” (Ps. 9:14).
In grade school we recited, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Ps. 100:4). We do not have to buy land in Jerusalem (to go to the gates) or make a pilgrimage there; for if we profess the name of Jesus we will one day reside in this marvelous place. We, the redeemed in Christ, will not live in a place that looks run down from time and strife, but we should, “…look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pe. 3:13). Don’t buy land in Jerusalem, Jesus already has and says, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name” (Rev. 3:12).