Greeting all, here is your e-votional for the week…
If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who does right has been born of him. See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
-1 John 2: 29-3:3
Consider your future for a moment.  How you see it likely depends on how old you are.  For some of us, our future seems a long, straight road ahead, for others it seems to be sand slowly running through an hourglass.  I would submit to you that however you see your future it is not correct, or at least incomplete.  We tend to think of our future in worldly terms.  Have I saved enough?  Where will I live?  What will I be doing?  Who will I be with?  What will come of my kids, my friends, my loved ones?  These are the questions we ask because around these things we have lived our lives.

The trouble is that as followers of Jesus our futures are not ultimately tied to these things.  Consider for a moment the words of 1 John above…

“What we will be has not yet been revealed.”

Read that again.

Our future is uncertain, on that we are correct. The uncertainty, however, is not related to the matters of this world.  Rather the uncertainty is related to the nature of our existence in and through the risen Christ.  This is our future.  The writer of 1 John is giving us something to think about here.  He is, first, giving us an identity.  Who are we?  We are God’s children.  Second, he is reshaping our conception of the future.  We will be a new creation in and through Christ because we will “be like him.”  We will be “like” Christ.  This is new!  This is different!  And this is a future completely different from the one we have mapped out in our heads right now.

This future is not about our savings or our home.  It is not about friends or family.  It is not about politics or identity.  No.  It is about a core truth of our faith; that our future is inextricably tied to the will of God and our unity with Jesus.  He is our future!

As we approach Christmas which our culture has laden with endless sentimentalities and banal nostalgia we would be wise to remember that Jesus is not just a figure from the past.  He is also our future.  We will be like him.  That is your future.  Embrace it!

Prayer:  Holy God, we pray today that your kingdom would come and your will be done here on earth.  We pray that Christ might return soon and right the wrongs of this world.  In the meantime, help us to be strong in our faith and to embrace our work as his followers.  We offer this prayer in Jesus’ name.  Amen.