Don’t Coast

For I am sure of this very thing, that the one who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6

It is so easy when you get older to coast.  I am noticing this trend of people who are slipping into retirement mode as soon as they reach a certain age, forgetting that the work is not yet done.  View this piece of advice as constructive criticism from my generation to an older one.  (Note: I know some people don’t fall into this pattern and if that’s you, I applaud your work.  Keep it up.  If you don’t and your flaming mad at me right now, keep reading.)

Just as the bible doesn’t say that when you turn 18 your an adult, it doesn’t say at age _______ you get to retire.  We must always be working for the kingdom until the day we die.  Ecclesiastes 9:10 states, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might”.  Therefore, we must keep busy doing what God wants us to do regardless of our age.  We must work with all of your might until the day Christ Jesus returns.  Abraham Lincoln once said, “Whatever you are be a good one.”  God says, “Whatever you are, be a great one.”

It is our duty to give our best, regardless of age bracket, to Jesus Christ.  Just as teenagers can’t be lazy in their ministry, nor can the older generation.  Give your best to Christ, work for the kingdom, continue your good work with everything you got.  After all God gave His best to us when He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.

Think about it.



3 Responses to “Don’t Coast”

  1. 1 Mike September 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    You know, I don’t recall seeing anything in the Bible that talks about retirement. I mean, wasn’t Moses something like 80 when he started his work with God, and Noah was well in his 100’s and he was still swinging a hammer for God!

    There is no age limit in the Bible for serving God. I have seen elementary kids serving God, as well as people in their 80’s and 90’s so when people say that they have done enough, it’s not retirement, it is quitting on God.

  2. 2 Matt September 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    right on mike! for me, one of the most inspiring and encouraging things to see is a 60 or 70 yr old passionately on fire for Kingdom work!

    2 Thessalonians speaks directly to this…

  3. 3 larry vaughn September 18, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    I agree with you wholeheartedly, but I guess I would give a caution not to judge too quickly. There are people of all ages that fit into both categories. What I have noticed lately is that there are some senior citizens who would love to be active in doing kingdom work, but are physically unable to do it anymore and so they are busy behind the scenes. I don’t know what we would do in our church without some of our senior citizen prayer warriors. I know that they are bombarding the throne of heaven with their prayers and I am confident that when I ask them to pray, they are doing it. There are a few of these older people that I pray with each week, and when they pray there is such a sweet, holy spirit there that I really can’ t describe the feeling. They have walked and talked with God so much longer than I and are probably so much nearer to being with Him that when they pray it’s as if we are sitting before His throne. As a “middler-ager” I would challenge anyone to meet on a regular basis with someone who has walked a long life road with Christ. Pray with them and see if you don’t come away changed!

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