Word For You

Future focus

10 November 2018
‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.’

The Bible says: ‘Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might’. It also says: ‘Whatever you do, work heartily’ (Colossians 3:23 ESV). That seems like great advice when we love what we’re doing. When we’re fully on board and passionate about our work or studies, it’s easy to put all our effort into it. But what happens when the things we’re doing now seem insignificant and unrewarding? We have to have future focus. We have to see beyond what we can see right now, and have faith that it will be useful in the future. The things we’re doing now could be preparing us for something God wants to do through us. The Bible says, ‘God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him’ (Philippians 2:13 NCV). What we’re doing right now may just be the stepping stones to what God’s calling us to in the future. Maybe we need these experiences, these moments, these encounters, to grow us and prepare us for what God’s got in store for us. If we only ever do what we feel like doing, or enjoy doing, we can overlook relationships and undervalue experiences essential to our future. If we’re not enjoying what we’re doing, we need to ask God to give us future focus. We have to learn to walk by faith and not by sight (take a look at 2 Corinthians 5:7), and that means we need to learn to think of God’s future plans rather than just the things we can see happening right now. Our today is connected to our tomorrow, so we need to maximise each opportunity and relationship that comes our way.

 

What Now?

Think back to the seemingly insignificant moments in your life that have led you to the place you’re in now. Thank God for those moments.

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