Look Up & Seize Your Future

The man who truly believes the promise of Christ’s return doesn’t wait for the future. They seize it.


When I was a kid I spent a great deal of time thinking about the future. I had this book my parents bought me that was full of technology based predictions of the future. It was chalk full of a prosperous future where people drove flying cards and traveled to other cities via supersonic trains through tubes. I read it almost everyday just wishing I could jump inside the pages and experience everything the predictions had to offer.

Influenced by films like Star Wars and Back To The Future, I couldn’t wait to drive a flying car, try out a hoverboard or take that trip to the moon. My imagination was filled with optimism for how much better the world would be in the future. I imagine many kids growing up in the 80's had similar sentiments.

These thoughts come back to me on the exact day Marty McFly went to the future in the film Back To The Future 2 and experienced many of the things written in that book I had.

The writer of the film, Bob Gale recently did any interview to discuss their optimistic approach to the future in the film:

“We wanted people to look forward to the future because, when we were kids,” he says, “we always looked forward to the future.” For me, this is the crucial lesson of the film series. Doc Brown says it best near the conclusion of the saga, “Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one.”

Now that it is 2015 we can clearly see that the film was woefully inaccurate on certain things concerning the future (except possibly the Chicago Cubs possibly winning the World Series).

What I’ve thought about more lately is how grim most people’s view the future has become. With concerns about global warming, terrorism, corruption, mistrust in government and the destruction of the middle-class there seems to no longer be room for hover boards, flying cars and infinite energy resources in our future. As a result of these grim realities, many people walk around with their heads depressed down in the dirt instead of looking up to the sky in hope. It is the major reason why superhero movies are so popular today. The world’s problems have become so far from being solved that we subconsciously wish a superhero would come to save us from them. Since superheroes don’t exist, many people simply have resolved to believing we are headed for doom no matter what and therefore will do whatever it takes to secure “what’s theirs” no matter the cost.

In the days of the early church when they were under persecution for their beliefs one would think the future was at its most bleek. Jesus himself spoke of a bleek future where his followers would be hated for their beliefs (Mark 13:13). Where wars would ignite, earthquakes would take place in diverse places (Matt. 24:6–7) and men would become selfish lovers of themselves (Matt. 24:12). If we look around we can easily see we are in the midst of those things happening. With this truth in mind, it becomes easy to see why people steal, don’t trust anyone and have a survivial of the fittest mentality. It reveals why corporations do whatever possible to keep their profit margins up in spite of having more than enough resources to support the world’s most needy multiple times over.. They all have rooted their decision making in a fear of the future which then gives way to letting self-preservation govern their decisions.

This mindset most definitely exists in the church as well. Where people will believe in baptism, the power of Holy Ghost, church programs, the preaching of their pastor but not in the second coming of Christ. They rather subconscious believe the same as non-believers that this life is all we have. It is this belief that leads many Christians to live double lives maintaining a shell of a Christian life for the sake of fitting in with a community with no real depth or life changing results for themselves or anyone around them. Falsely they believe as long as their Pastor thinks they are living right, all is well in the world. Without even realizing it, by their disbelief in the Second Coming they disqualify themselves from the greatest blessing couched in the greatest hope we all can have.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Luke 21:27–28

We have a hope that can we can look to in spite of the present negativity for a better future. Knowing that not only is Christ coming back but that His spirit is freely available to live inside us to help us navigate this often messy life we live.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:26

This comfort that Christ provides through His words, spirit and promise of his Second Coming gives us a way of escape from the shackles of doubt, fear and depression about a hopeless future. When a person’s view of the future is clear it allows them to make conscious decisions not fueled by doubt and fear. I imagine this clear view is what also has fueled humanity’s greatest inventions where men chose to have hope for the future and pave the way for it rather than doubt.

This hope in Christ’s return fuels faith that every disease can be cleansed and every tear shed can be wiped away by the power that is in Christ. This closes the door to being one of those that Christ describes will be selfish lovers of themselves. It opens the door to being able to consciously be a benefit to society with your finances, positive community involvement and simply being a good neighbour while still honoring Christ with your lifestyle. You won’t worry about what people think of your faith. You won’t let the fluctuations of the economy and its effects on your bank account depress you. You realize you have a greater calling to be a part of Christ’s prediction of the gospel being preached throughout the whole world in midst of all negativity. All of this is possible regardless of the negativity the media and scientists spew out about a grim future. With these beliefs firmly couched in your heart, you then can seize your future instead of waiting for it to happen.

With this confidence in Christ for navigating us through the present towards his return in the future, we can then do what Doc Brown says at the end of Back To The Future 3:

“The future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one!”

The man who truly believes the promise of Christ’s return doesn’t wait for the future. They seize it.

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