One of my Bible school teachers once said that, if God were done with you, you’d be dead.
I’m not retired. Not even close to it. I know I’ve still got a lot of time and a lot of work ahead of me. I think a lot of people give up way too early, though. When they retire from their career, they retire from the ministry. That’s not to say that you can’t take it easy in old age, but many people act as though their calling ends when their job does.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Romans 11:29 (ESV)
IRREVOCABLE: not to be revoked or recalled; unable to be repealed or annulled; unalterable
No matter what your age or stage in life, God’s purpose and plan for you will never be called back. The call is permanent. You’re not done until you’re dead.
Daily Bible reading: Psalm 93-95; Romans 11:22-36
When Joshua was very old, the Lord said to him, “Joshua, you have grown old, but there is still much land for you to take.”
Joshua 13:1 (NCV)
One of my Bible school teachers once said that, if you’re still alive, God’s not done with you yet. If He were done with you, you’d be dead.
I’m not old. I’m not even middle-aged, so I’m not speaking from experience here, but I speak from what I’ve read in God’s word. All through the Old Testament thus far, not a single man of God has retired. The only way any of these guys god out of the ministry was to die.
I’ve seen so many people just packing it all in to live our their golden years in peace. It’s like life ends when the career ends and then there’s nothing more to do.
My grandfather was a ministry man. He didn’t actually even start in the five-fold ministry (pastors, teachers, evangelists, apostles, prophets) until later in life. He worked hard at his career and he worked hard in the ministry. When his career ended, he just transferred he use of his time to the church. He pastored until the day he died. He knew that God had called him to be more than a retired business man. He knew that there was more to life than spending winters in Arizona. He knew that the call on his life didn’t end until his life did.
No matter how young or old you are, God’s not done with you. It’s not over. It’s not over until you’re six feet under or Jesus comes.
Daily Bible reading: Joshua 11+13, Luke 4:1-32