Truly. I’m not post-millenial. Maybe I should be. But regardless of the theology of the thing, I think they have a healthy attitude when it comes to thinking about the future, particularly in thinking about sowing and reaping.
I know some post-millenials who would disagree with me, but I’m not sure it matters what a person’s eschatology is when it comes to thinking about sowing for the future. We know that the Lord is coming back soon, and so there ought to be a sense of urgency to our actions, but we also know that with him a day is as a thousand years, so there ought to be some thought given to what we’re going to do with a thousand more years, if it should be given to us.
We’re constantly reaping the fruit of seeds sown by generations before us. Believers one hundred years ago worked in faith, and many never saw the reward for their labor, I’m sure. We’re like the disciples, reaping where we did not sow (John 4:36-38). Somebody put an iron into the fire earlier, and now it’s hot enough to use.
But this comes with a responsibility. We’ve been given much, and so much is required. We ought to be mindful of the future, putting irons into the fire, sowing where we have no reasonable expectation of living to see the fruit. We ought not just have one-year, five-year, ten-year plans, but dreams and aspirations which stretch for centuries, insofar as we can.
Christ may return for his own tomorrow. He may tarry for a thousand more years. That’s his business, not ours. Ours is to be the church as faithfully as we can be- and that means not just collecting on previous efforts, but seeing to it that our descendants can do the same.