Future Realities

Read: Colossians 3:1-17     

How much does your future reality impact your daily outlook?  How does an eternal future in heaven impact a believer’s daily life and attitude?  Maybe a better way to ask this is to say, how can we change our attitude about today with our hopes for tomorrow?  In Tim Keller’s book “Making Sense of God” (Viking, 2016, p. 153) he shares an example of how this works in people’s minds…

“Imagine you have two women of the same age, the same socioeconomic status, the same educational level, and even the same temperament. You hire both of them and say to each, “You are part of an assembly line, and I want you to put part A into slot B and then hand what you have assembled to someone else. I want you to do that over and over for eight hours a day.”

You put them in identical rooms with identical lighting, temperature, and ventilation. You give them the very same number of breaks in a day. It is very boring work. Their conditions are the same in every way—except for one difference. You tell the first woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty thousand dollars, and you tell the second woman that at the end of the year you will pay her thirty million.

After a couple of weeks the first woman will be saying, “Isn’t this tedious? Isn’t it driving you insane? Aren’t you thinking about quitting?” And the second woman will say. “No. This is perfectly acceptable. In fact, I whistle while I work.” What is going on? You have two human beings who are experiencing identical circumstances in radically different ways.

What makes the difference? It is their expectation of the future. This illustration is not intended to say that all we need is a good income. It does, however, show that what we believe about our future completely controls how we are experiencing our present. We are irreducibly hope-based creatures.”

I found that to be a very interesting example in light of future realities.  As Christians our hope is based on the promises of God and Jesus Christ that are proclaimed in the Bible.  Our hope is in our eternal reward of heaven when this life on earth has ended.  In Colossians 3 Paul says, “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (v.1-2)

I’m not sure what your week has been like or what your situation in life is right now.  Life can be hard and filled with difficult days and decisions.  But as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ you must keep your eyes focused on this eternal hope that Paul is talking about.  Allow that reality to get you through the day to day realities of this life here on earth.  Our hope and future are bright, allow that brightness to shine into your week.

Make it Personal:  If you want to focus more on the hope of heaven I would recommend a book by Joni Eareckson Tada entitled “Heaven, Your Real Home.”  If anyone has had to deal with the tough realities of life here on earth it is Joni.  She was paralyzed in her youth and has used that tragic situation to give witness to her faith, her hope, and her trust in Jesus Christ.  Some day she will be walking, leaping, and jumping for joy in heaven, her future reality.

Have a blessed week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church