I have to say that I am a little tired about all the gloom and doom so many people have about the future. “Things are worse today than they every have been.” “I would not want to raise kids now.” “I don’t know what this world is coming to.” You have heard, maybe said, all of these things. I hope that you do not become too discouraged. Let me share with you some thoughts that I have about the coming days. I hope that you will be encouraged too.
- Medical science has made life healthier and longer for almost all people. Procedures are more advanced and almost routine. Every day a scientist somewhere finds a cure for another disease, or a new treatment for a condition. The future looks even brighter as we continue to fight HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease and more.
- Technology has made communication and travel easier, faster, less expensive and safer than ever before. Individuals can see more of the world. We can stay in touch with family more readily. And it looks like advances in these areas will continue.
- The personal computer, and specifically e-communications, including the internet, cannot be overrated in terms of making the world a better place. Paper work that once took hours can now be accomplished in a matter of moments. Information can be gathered from almost anywhere, on almost any subject.
- Finally, the Bible sets an important pattern for us, the best is yet to come. We see this throughout the Scriptures; the story of Job, Jonah, the book of Revelation itself.
And now, the best news of all about the future: All four of the statements made above, can, will and should be used for the propagation of the gospel. Christians should be using medicine to heal the hurts of people all over the world. That is what Jesus would do, and what he did command. Christians have already begun traveling the world in record numbers to share the gospel with people who have never heard, and to offer ministry to the hurting and helpless. And although the internet is often vilified among Christians as an entity filled with pornography and predators, we should realize that there are millions of people online who will never come into our churches. We must be in cyberspace witnessing to the love and grace of Christ.
Most of all, remember that the best is yet to come. Philippians 1.6 says that Jesus will keep working in our lives for our benefit. He will keep blessing us. The best is yet to come!