What happens after this life?

“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:18).

When you think about futurologists, you usually think about environmentalists, technology forecasters, social engineers, or even trend watchers who help marketers decide what colors will be “in” ten years from now. The last thing I expected to hear from futurologist Tom Sine—who was teaching at the University of Washington at the time—was an impassioned projection of our future with God. 

Christians just don’t get it, he said. If we did, we couldn’t possibly live the way we do.

Here’s what the future looks like, he said. The blind will see. The disabled will get out of their wheelchairs and run toward Jesus. Chronic pain will drop off like a silk robe as you step toward your beloved God. And everyone in the whole world will see God, all at the same time.

 With a future like that, how could we be so caught up in today? he asked. Why would we care about piling up stuff when we could share things with people in need? How could we expend our lives in overwork when we could invest in loving the people God has put around us?

Great questions. And still, it’s easy to be sucked into the lifestyle and values of the world we see instead of focusing our minds on a world that is beyond.

The Bible helps keep us focused. You can read there about the future Tom Sine talked about, especially in Revelations 21 and 22. God bless you as you seek to learn more about living according to God’s ways.

Copyright © Carlene Hill Byron, 2010

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