What the future holds

A friend recently told me he is worried about what kind of a world his grandchildren will live in.

My friend is a thoughtful man. He looks at a world which is already plagued by wars and epidemics and wonders whether it will get worse.

I told him I was a pessimist about man but an optimist about God. I believe that we are born selfish and history shows that we fight among ourselves.

But God is working out his plan for good over the long term.

I was not totally honest. It is clear from scripture that we, as human beings, have a role to play in this good outcome to world history.

Jesus came to earth and died on the cross to give us a choice. We could either choose to believe that Jesus died for us so that we could become part of God’s family. Or we could reject him.

If we reject him, we wall ourselves off from God. And the end of history will be bitter for us.

I believe that the world will become worse before it gets better. Christians will die in wars just like everyone else.

Our hope is not in this world, but in the next. As Revelation makes clear, there will be a new heaven and a new earth. And we will be with God forever.

I feel for my friend and others like him who worry about the future.

When you’re young, you dream of a better world and your contribution to making it better.

But as you grow older, some of this optimism wears away. The world may improve here or there, but it is not long before more problems arise.

If your hope is in this world, you may wonder what is the purpose of living.

Something the apostle Paul said constantly springs to mind. In Philippians 1:21, he says:
“For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

For Paul, the reason for living was to grow closer to Christ and to reach out to others so that they might know Christ, too.

And death was “gain” because he knew he would see Jesus face to face and be with him forever.

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