Monday, February 27, 2017

Age Doesn’t Matter - Martin Wiles

Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. Psalm 92:14 NLT

I couldn’t imagine what a sixty-year-old person was doing in my college classroom.

Eight years after graduating high school—and finally succumbing to God’s call to enter full-time ministry, I enrolled in college. I wasn’t excited about attending a traditional college where most of my classmates would be newly graduated high school students. 

Fortunately, I found a college that accommodated people in my age category who were entering ministry as well. But when a retirement age student walked into the classroom, I couldn’t help but wonder why God would call someone that late in life. For a person in their late 20’s—as I was, a person in their late 60’s was near death.  

Attending college with some older students taught me the truth of what the psalmist wrote. Age is relative, and it certainly doesn’t keep one out of God’s service. Even now, I have a Canadian friend who is her 80’s and in a nursing home but still writing for God. 

In God’s work, there is no retirement age. Some places of employment might require me to retire at a certain age or after I’ve worked a certain number of years with their company, but God never will. He offers the best retirement plan, but He’ll never ask me to retire early…or at all. 

Age brings with it certain limitations, but it never takes away all possibility of serving God. He always has something I can do that will trump any physical limitations age may place on me. If nothing else, I can pray or send a card of encouragement to someone. I could even find someone to mentor in the faith. 

I plan to eat right (most of the time) and stay in good shape so I can serve God with vigor for as long as possible. Then when it comes time to enjoy His retirement plan, I can die satisfied—knowing I did all I could for as long as I could. 

Don’t let age—along with its limitations and ailments, keep you from serving God.

Prayer: Father, thank You for the years You give us to serve You. Encourage us to give You our all until we take our final breath. 

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