We are a society that is fixated and obsessed with goals, ambitions, and future accomplishments. We love to think about and talk about the next car we're going to get, the promotion we're working for, or the next vacation we're planning. There's nothing wrong with looking to the future with excitement but often that leads us down a path of undermining and devaluing the present. And when it comes to faith this is particularly dangerous. As Christ followers we can find ourselves thinking thoughts like, "Well when I'm reading my bible more I'll be a better spouse", or "When I finally deal with that sin I'll be able to talk to my co workers about Jesus". We can find ourselves having faith for future versions of ourselves but not for who we are and where we are in the present. I am so thankful that Jesus doesn't love the "future version of myself", He loves who I am today. When it comes to living and acting in faith, it's always for the present.
Romans 12 : 1 - 2
"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."