“So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.’” Joshua 14:9
It’s amazing how often God chose men in their senior adult years to take part in huge moments for His kingdom. Think about Noah who finished building the ark at 600 years old. Then, there was Abraham who in faith left his home at 75 to move to a new and unknown land only God knew. Abraham trusted God to lead the way. Can you imagine what his neighbors must have thought?
Even Moses was 80 years old when he stood up to the most powerful man in the world and led a nation to freedom. Example after example in Scripture of God using older men to take part in the greatest adventures of their lifetimes!
In today’s culture, most people look forward to retirement. It’s a chance to slow down, step back, and relax. But in reality, God’s Word doesn’t speak of retirement for anyone but the Levites. For everyone else, it’s just not there.
Now, we all know that as we age our energy level changes. Stepping back from certain vocational pressures and responsibilities can be necessary. But the fantasy of retiring to do nothing more than play golf and worry about investment portfolios can lead to a pretty boring and meaningless life. While we may slow down for physical reasons, we can still make a significant contribution to the kingdom of God. We should remember that our lives are ultimately meant to serve Christ throughout all of our days. Even when our paid career comes to an end or we pivot in a new direction, our ministry should carry on. The wisdom that comes with age is valuable in living out the faith and making disciples, and we are called to use it and share it.
Are you entering your retirement years? Ask God how He wants to use you in this season. It’s time to redefine retirement – let’s call it redirection. Because just like Moses, Abraham, and countless others – this next season just might hold your greatest adventure yet!