Even in old age they will still produce fruit (Psalms 92:14).
Oliver looked forward to retiring in three years. As an adult Sunday school teacher in his church, he had served God faithfully for many years.
One Sunday morning, the church boys club leader asked to him teach fourth grade boys on Wednesday nights. At first, he wanted to say no, since he had never taught children before. But after praying about the opportunity for a couple of days, he decided to work with the boys.
In the beginning, Oliver found it difficult to relate to them. Then he began to understand how much they wanted him to be their spiritual model. As he taught them week after week, he saw them respond and grow, and his love for them grew deeply.
After Oliver retired at 65, he continued working with the boys. Then several years later, as he was approaching 70, he and his wife were asked to teach for a week at a children's Bible camp. Again he felt God was leading him into a new area of ministry. After teaching at camp, he could not decide whether he or the children had been more blessed.
Perhaps you are about to retire, or have been retired for some time. Let me ask you: Are you active in the work of our Lord and a fruitful disciple?
I cannot find anything in the Bible about retiring from God's work. One never retires from being a servant of the great King, nor gets too old.
Whether or not you have 20 years left, ten years, one year, one month, one day, or just one hour, there is something very important God wants you to do that can add to His kingdom and to your blessing.
If you are still mobile and active, there are innumerable things you can do. If you are mobile or not mobile, you can have the most important job of all: You can be a prayer intercessor, even while confined to a bed or a wheelchair. You can do it literally anywhere. If you do not have the strength to pray out loud, you can whisper it. If you cannot whisper, you can move your lips. If you cannot move your lips, then pray silently, in your mind. God knows and reads your heart.
Whether we are young or old, as long as we have breath, let us be about "making the most of your time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16, NASB).
With the psalmist, we should praise the Lord as long as we have breath (Psalm 150:6).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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