These days, futurists represent a multi-million dollar industry. These people absorb huge amounts of information about the past and the present in order to suggest predictions about the future. They extrapolate forward to suggest how the past and the present may affect future trends. They charge large corporations tens of thousands of dollars to identify strategic possibilities that might help carry them forward. One leading futurist said this: ‘The important factor to realize is that we know very little about the past, a little more but not everything about the present, and nothing at all about the future.’ Actually, we do know one thing about the future: it is shaped by the choices people make today. The choices you make right now determine not only who and what you will become; they also have a bearing on the destiny of people around you – and especially people who look up to you. We are all carriers of the future, agents of change who leave the world different than how we found it – for better or worse.
1 Corinthians 3:21-23 ‘… All things are yours … whether the world or life or death or the present or the future– all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.’ (NIV)
Reading and applying God’s Word in our lives allows us to project a better future into our present, to set the train of our thoughts and values on a track that leads to a heavenly future. That is the basis of our unique hope: that is what enables us to strengthen people and point them to a better tomorrow.
Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus, help me today to set myself and others up for a better future, by living out the values of your Holy Word. I know that I am a change agent in this world – so help me to change it for the good, by lining up my actions with your Word.’