Do you ever wonder what the future will look like? It’s a really good question.

When we planted the Junction Church in 2012, we dreamed of a church that would impact the lives of many with God’s good news. We’re now five years into that adventure of faith and there’s a real feeling that we’re at the very start of something exciting. We totally believe our church has a great future and that the best is yet to come.

Truth is, the foundations we lay today will be the future that a generation will build upon. This is a huge privilege but it’s also a great responsibility too.

On a personal level, I often find myself reflecting on questions which profoundly challenge me to think seriously about the kind of influence we will have on future generations. That may sound a strange thing to consider, but leadership must always think generationally, not just about the short term. One of the questions is this: is my example worth following? Another is: do I demonstrate faithfulness and consistency through the way I live my life? I also ask myself: what kind of generation would emerge if they followed my influence? These are sobering questions, not for the faint hearted.

As I’ve taken on board these challenging questions for myself, it would be worth giving thought to them for yourself. Ever wonder what a future generation would look like if they followed your example? Is it a good example? Think about your children…and their children. What are you demonstrating for them in your actions today that goes beyond sentiment and fine words?

Truth is, in 100 years, most of us won’t be around to physically see what the Junction Church will look like. But in one sense, we can already see what it will be. Who we are today is a prophecy of what our church will be tomorrow.

The important thing is that we faithfully play our part in God’s purpose today. That’s all He asks of us. When Paul wrote to the Christians at Corinth, he tried to help them gain a proper sense of perspective when he said ‘I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.’ (1 Cor 3:6). Notice how God involves people in his purpose by taking what one planted and another watered, and then causing it to grow. You see, that’s what God does. He involves us in His purpose.

Your impact on future generations will either be positive or negative, faithful or faithless, encouraging or discouraging, passionate or passive, inspiring or uninspiring.

Back to the original question. What will the future look like? The answer is simple. It will look like you.