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Looking Ahead

We are less than six weeks away from a new year. This is about the time I start gearing up for the year ahead. I make sure all the events I know about are on the calendar. I start plotting some goals I would like to accomplish. I think about disciplines which I would like to be more consistent. I also think about areas of my life that aren’t working well. Are there rhythms or relationships in my life that need repaired?

Are you? 

What about you? Have you thought about what you would like to see in the coming year? How are you preparing for next year?

Preparing By Repairing

There is a connection between preparing and repairing in Scripture. It is impossible to get ready for the future when there are areas which need repaired. I have become convinced that Scripture shows how preparation in the present fuels our faith in the future. Faithful action today, actually creates faith-filled hope for the future.

Ripped Netting

Imagine fishermen setting out for a day’s work. Their boat is full of fuel, their stomachs are full of breakfast, and their minds are full of the big haul they hope to return with at the end of a hard day’s work. The only glitch is they are trawling with netting that has multiple rips in it. How much faith would fishermen have for a big haul later that day, if they had big holes their net?

Faith Needs Preparation

It’s hard to have faith in areas that need repaired. When Jesus called the brothers James and John, it is written that Jesus saw them “in their boat preparing the nets.” (Mark 1:19). It only makes sense that to increase the chance of success at work that day, they needed to prepare for it.

Future Is Dependent on the Present

The same idea is found thirteen times across the New Testament (Matt. 4:21; 21:16; Mark 1:19; Luke 6:40; Rom. 9:22; 1 Cor. 1:10; 2 Cor. 13:11; Gal. 6:1; 1 Th. 3:10; Heb. 10:5; 11:3; 13:21; 1 Pet. 5:10). Each instance carries the idea that a future outcome is dependent on action in the present.

Setting Up for a Desired Outcome

For example, Paul told the church in Thessalonica, he was praying to see them again so he could supply what was lacking in their faith (1 Th. 3:10). That word supply is the same word as prepare in Mark 1:19. Paul was saying he wanted to address those areas in their life in order to build up their faith. For their faith to be stronger in the future, he needed to supply help in some areas that had holes in it.

Prerequisite for Success

Are there any areas in your life that need repaired? Do you see how addressing the rips and tears in our schedules, relationships, or soul is a prerequisite for success in the coming year? That kind of preparation in the present will fuel your faith for the future.

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