We are confronted by the future every day of our lives. The future for all of us starts NOW. We have all heard of future predictions, do you remember the books ‘1984’ or ‘Beyond 2000’? Now it is climate change and carbon tax debates, all based on future predictions. Some people are more interested in these issues than others because they want the future generation: their children and grandchildren, to have a bright, safe and sustainable future in the world we live in. Many of us plan for our future with savings and superannuation. Very few people would have no thought of the future, even if we don’t do anything about planning for it.
Some people dwell on the past, some live for the present and others are fascinated by the future. We should be interested in all three though. We have a past with all the things that we have done but can’t change. The Bible says of our past – ‘all have sinned and come short of the glory of God’ Romans 3:23, that means we need to do something about our past. If you are reading this tract or listening to some-one else read it, you are in the present. We all have a future and again the Bible says that it is forever, or another word is eternal. So the present is when we can do something about our past and prepare for the future.
To some, the future is tomorrow, next year or next birthday. This is a near view of the future. For others, the future is when they retire and contemplation of the things they will do then. This is a medium view of the future. What about having a longer or far view? Think about eternity. Where you will be then?
We seek to secure our future by our savings and superannuation plans, but this is hard work and a happy ending is not always guaranteed. Have you secured or made preparation for your eternal future by accepting God’s salvation? This is much easier for us. All the work has been done by God. It is very secure and is guaranteed as no product on earth has ever been.
God’s desire and plan for us all involves our future.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
So God, the Lord, has plans for us, to give us a future and a hope beyond this world. He not only knows our future but wants only the best for us.
‘God… Who will have all men to be saved’ I Timothy 2:3-4
He planned what He would do about our sin even before the world was created. He wanted to redeem us from the consequences of our sin and so the Bible tells us about being
‘redeemed … with the precious blood of Christ…. Who was foreordained (foreknown) before the foundation of the world.’ I Peter 1:18-20
Now, having sent His Son into the world and prepared a great salvation for us, He invites us to accept the gift of eternal life and secure the best future of all – eternity in heaven.
‘… the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ Romans 6:23
We also hear dire warnings if we don’t do something now to protect the future. The Bible has warnings with much worse consequences for those who reject God’s offer of salvation.
‘Depart from me (God)…. into everlasting fire’ Matthew 25:41
An inheritance here on earth is something we may gain in the future. Although we may never gain an inheritance on earth, for the Christian, they have an inheritance that is ‘incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away … in heaven’ I Peter 1:4 – an eternal possession.
What preparation have you made for your FUTURE?