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Jun 02 2017

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Plan for the future but live in the present

resolve to live in light of eternityPlan for the Future but live in the present

The FMF word for today is future. Yesterday, we finished reading the story of Hudson Taylor. My Babycakes was riveted as we read the chapters aloud. (Reading books aloud are some my favorite family memories.) His epitaph read:

“A MAN IN CHRIST”

He had eternity in mind as he lived his life. Because he believed in the reality of an eternal future, both of his life and those who needed the message of the Gospel, he put everything into spreading the Good News to the people of China.

Want inspiration?

Read about his life. Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)* (affiliate link) is a kid-friendly version. John Piper tells Hudson Taylor’s story here.

As I thought of future, I felt drawn to Hebrews 12:2 and the author’s commentary on Jesus. And with that scripture in mind, I wrote about future.

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

 

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“For the joy set before him he endured the cross.” That verse sticks in my head, but it feels like crazy talk.

How can joy set before and then comes enduring a cross.

This was Jesus, and part of me shrinks away and says, “Yeah. Jesus could do that. He was Jesus.” But in Christ—that’s me and everyone who has put her faith in him—I can have that joy and endure whatever cross he has for me.

How? How in the world is that possible?

There’s this mind that is both on the future and the present. Jesus resolved to live his today in the light of eternity. His present joy was because of a future joy that was secure. That’s ours too because of the very cross he endured. And since he is God, he had you and me in his joy-filled mind as he went forward.

Resolve to live today in light of eternity. Take out that calendar. Make plans. But don’t forget the real future ahead.

It’s forever.

And whatever hardship is today, it’ll be but a moment.

Stop.

Perspective on present and future

Francis Chan illustrates it so well in his rope illustration. “You’ve got a few short years here on earth. And then you’ve got all of eternity somewhere else.”

Worship the One who is our future

John Mark McMillan’s words center my thoughts on who Christ is as my future and my past.

How will you live today in light of your future?

If you are in Christ, you have a future joy awaiting. May that truth give you courage and comfort even when life is hard. May it inform your decisions to let go of what will not last and cling to what will be imperishable.

If you don’t know what it means to be in Christ, would take time to learn what it means? I encourage you check out a book called By This Name* (affiliate link) that is an excellent book to help you understand the message of the Bible.

What is Five Minute Friday?

It is a 5-minute writing party. Find out more by going to fiveminutefriday.com. Read. Write. Read. Write. Encourage. Be encouraged.

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