This week I was part of a conversation that was very helpful to me for a number of reasons and one of them was the realization of how the gospel turns our focus toward present and future realities.
While a group of us were talking, a lot of the questions being asked were about how a situation was dealt with in the past. These were helpful to uncover misconceptions and correct perspectives but they left me thinking about how much I yearned to talk about the situation into the future. Was there hope and excitement for what was coming down the line?
While my personality certainly gears me toward optimism, I think the gospel actually transforms our minds to be future oriented people, expectant about what is to come, trusting the sovereign of the universe, and leaning into the adventure of it all. This is all the more clear as I preach through 1 Corinthians 15 and the resurrection hope of believers.
I wonder how much this gospel-mindedness and future orientation is also a sign of health in the context of the local church. Dwelling on what has been, the trauma of division or struggle of revitalization, rather than facing forward with expectant hope. This is where the health is, rightly seeing the past, learning from it, and looking to the future. Knowing tomorrow is where we will have an increasing experience of God’s grace for us and the body of believers.
How have you been stuck lately? Looking back and wallowing? Look up. Hear the declaration of Christ over you and look to the future. Your future in him. Rejoice, it really is good.