Old But Useful
For two Sundays to end June we looked at the beauty of Psalm 92: 12-15 which says:
“But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.”
That is an incredible invitation from our Heavenly Father to live the abundant life until our dying breath! That is part of the “good news” that the world needs to hear. Because in the world’s economy, people depreciate with age. Not so in the Kingdom of God!
So, are there obstacles that keep us from being fruitful in retirement? Here’s a couple that came to my mind:
*For some it may be the lie that we are disqualified. Maybe you did some terrible things earlier in your life Maybe in your pre-Christian life. Maybe in your church leadership! Regardless, if it has been repented of and dealt with than God remembers your sins no more. We need to get over it! We can’t give the enemy the power to keep hanging it over our head. Want some great biblical examples? Take Aaron (Moses’ brother) for example. He built a golden calf for the people to worship for goodness sake (Exodus 32)! Wouldn’t you think, if you were God, that that was a disqualifying offense? I do! But that didn’t disqualify him. He journeyed with the people for another 39 years after, dying at the ripe old age of 123, serving as high priest until then. So if there is something in your past that is still haunting you, it’s time to leave it behind. Today.
*Another obstacle for seniors can be possessing a worldly mindset instead of a biblical one. The world says people lose their usefulness as they age, especially if their physical capacity shrinks. In contrast, in God’s economy age and wisdom is a plus and not a negative. The wisdom and experience that elders in the church (the spiritually mature) can share with younger ones is invaluable!; stuff we can’t learn from a book. As well, our understanding of covenant identity and kingdom representation is that the authority we are given and the power we exercise don’t diminish as time goes on because those are dependent upon the King and not the servant! Do you need to have a worldview transformed by the renewing of your mind by the truth and power of Scripture?
These obstacles and any others that we can come up with will be met by and destroyed by the Word of God. So embrace your destiny to be old and useful for the Kingdom of God!