IN THE VAULT
Is Old Age A Time To Rest?
What are we doing with the time God has given to us?
If we were to go and be with the Lord today would we want to go empty-handed to our
King or would we want to bring a gift worthy of him? What gift would be more worthy to
lay at his feet than a soul that he died to save? It is the greatest gift we can offer him
because we bring him the reward for his suffering!
Many of us reach old age and feel we must rest from our labors. Our bodies are tired
and our minds are weary of so many years of thinking, of struggles, of battling our own
flesh, and we want a place to retreat from the hectic pace of life. Yet, there is still work
to be done, people to bless, souls dying without hope, and our own families that need
what God has planted within us to encourage them as they continue facing struggles
we have long forgotten and new challenges we have never faced.
This is not the time for rest. Our rest will come when this body puts on immortality and
ceases to be a burden to us. This is a time for reflection on God's goodness to us. This
is a time of imparting what God has given us; a time to pass on our life's knowledge and experience to those who we know and love.
Age is not to be a hush-hush affair, but a glorious consummation and celebration of a
life centered in Christ and lived in his service. It should be a time of fruit bearing as we
put all that God has given us to good use touching lives for eternity! We should want
to go out in a blaze of glory, with hearts filled with the fire of God and thrilled with the
prospect of finally seeing him in all his power and majesty as we bow in adoration as
many others who have gone before us.
Every year is one step closer to the promised land, and each year is pregnant with
promise for those whose heart is set like a flint to do all within our power to serve and
honor our Lord.
Age is, after all, only a temporary thing. We have the endless ages of eternity before us,
and after trillions of years of our earthly time passes we will only be beginning the grand adventure we longed for and hoped for!
Let's begin today to put aside all excuses for being less and doing less than God intended
for us. Let's move forward toward eternity with Christ leading the way, giving him his just
reward. Let's begin today!
C. R. Lord © 1/15/2011