Christians Should Never Retire
“Even to your old age and grey hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”
Isaiah 46:4 (NIV UK)
When people think of the word “grandparent,” it is often connected with another word: retirement. It seems as if there’s a memo going around that when we get older, we have to slow down. But let me tell you about a lady who disregarded that memo. Her name is Mavis Albin, and she’s a grandmother of eight. Instead of trading in her heels for a pair of comfy slippers, she bought some Nikes and hit the gym. Since childhood, she dreamed of playing basketball, and at 55 those dreams came true. She began playing for the Baton Rouge Tigerettes, a team of charming Southern belles—all grandmothers. Now, at 76 years old, she’s shooting for her eighth gold medal at the Senior Olympics.
Mavis’s refusal to slow down when she reached “a certain age” should be an inspiring example of how we are to continue to grow as Christians. As followers of God, we never retire, not until we are called home. In fact, as we add years to our lives we are actually developing as believers—growing in wisdom, holiness, and influence. Solomon wrote about it in Proverbs: “Grey hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31).
The process of sanctification allows us to progress toward holiness as we continue in obedience to the Word of God. That’s why so many older people become great mentors to young believers. If you are someone who is further down the road of life, you’re in an ideal position to impart wisdom and encouragement to those who are just starting out on that road.
As Christians, we should be proud of our age. The more years we gather, the more motivated we should become to stay on top of our spiritual game and not just sit on the sidelines. Think of Mavis and her team of basketball playing seniors. They’ve got no intention of retiring any time soon. Our enthusiasm should mirror theirs. So fight the good fight, finish the race, and continue to grow in faith and understanding. And consider finding someone young to encourage and mentor for the Kingdom. You may be surprised to find that your best years are still ahead of you.
Holy Father, David prayed to ask that you remained close to him even in old age. It becomes all too easy to slip away, to retreat into our own minds and physical habits. But we ask as well, Father, that you will keep us close to you, close to your ways, close to your thinking.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.