We spend a lot of time thinking about our future. People ask you what you want to be when you grow up? Where are you going to college? What are you going to do with your life? What job do you want? There is much we don’t know for certain about our future. But today I want to tell you something about your future.There is a reason Scripture promises that if you train up a child in the way he should go he will not depart from it. The patterns and habits you have now, for good or for ill, are shaping you. You are practicing being your future self now. Imagine with me for a moment what sort of grown up you want to be. One who knows and obeys the words of God? Are you marinating yourselves in Scripture reading and memory now? Perhaps you want to be known for your generous hospitality? How do you treat friends and guests today? Do you want wisdom then? How are you seeking it with all your might now?
There’s a lie we like to believe: that one day all the good habits I want will miraculously appear and I’ll be the sanctified person I’ve always imagined I would be. But this is just not true. Be who you are on purpose now, preparing for the life you want in 5 years, 10 years, and even 50 years.
Redeeming the future requires preparing for the future. Be vigilant to grow in holiness because you would rather be holy than happy. Put on virtue today that you want to be characterized by tomorrow. Dickin’s ghost of Christmas future shows Scrooge that the future holds consequences of his present actions, and for him they are grim indeed. But let Psalm 16:8 be true of you: “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand I cannot be moved.