Growing Old

Statistics don’t lie. Although I have been told that 54.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot, I can’t deny that most of my viewers are, ahem, the “older” crowd. Women outnumber men 70/30 overall, but the older the reader, the more likely she is to be female. Young people are few with only 1 in 10 under 45 years old. Half of my readers are 65+. For the record, I’m not in that category; I’m in the one right next to it. I’m growing old.

For the record, I’m OK with that. Actually, I’m more than OK with that. I’ve been young. That has it’s problems. Really, the only thing that I struggle with in growing old is sin, and I’ve committed myself to the Lord to do something about that. My body is deteriorating. That’s evident to anyone who looks at me. However, I will say that my body is in better condition than it once was. Even so, my body is definitely getting old.

What I do have now that I didn’t have then is experience. Sure, I have decades of career and family experience, but also have more and more God experience. My witness to the blessings of a full life in Christ is growing every year. God, indeed, is blessing me, a former blasphemer, with a life rich in the fruit of the Spirit. Of that, I am grateful!

Promise of God

Christians rightly have the expectation that life will be more rewarding as we age. Certainly, one will find unbelievers who enjoy retirement and getting old, but they don’t know what they are missing. Genuine, born-again Christians aren’t simply getting older, we’re getting closer each day to seeing Jesus face to face. We have hope of things unseen. We have reason to hope because we have promises of God that we have come to know as true.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
    and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
    they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
    they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
Psalm 92

Old age does not mean we are of no use to God. Hardly! We still bear fruit and are full of sap and green! We have life! Lots of it, too! We’re growing old, but we aren’t old.

Notice our purpose. Do you see it? Verse 15 is our purpose: “To declare that the Lord is upright.” That means we share the gospel. We are witnesses to the Lord our God. We are seasoned ambassadors of Christ. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 4:20) There is rich reward for those who commit themselves to sharing the gospel to a lost and dying world.

Don’t Grow Spiritually Old

A promise of God is one thing; it’s another for us to take him up on it. Yes, many born-again Christians are growing old, physically as well as spiritually. That’s a shame, because we can have the best year of our life this year – in 2021 – simply by walking with God. Furthermore, next year can be even BETTER! Sure, our bodies may fail us and other bad things happen, but none of that matters if we are connected tight with Jesus. We all know that, of course, but sometimes we still fall away. We all do, from time to time. How far and how long is a matter that we have a great deal of control in.

What’s holding you back? From personal experience, I will say that allowing a besetting sin is one thing that makes my spiritual life miserable. Knowing I need to do something about it yet failing to do it is a sure way to drift. Yes, God will allow us to drift, and he will certainly correct us. Read Hebrews 12:3-15 for more on that. However, our continual refusal to heed his call could eventually lead us into long-term stagnation. What a miserable life that is. Knowing God yet being so far from him. Don’t let that happen.

For more on this, check out this sermon by John MacArthur. For a refection of a life once squandered then redeemed, check out this old post of mine. Folks, growing old is a GOOD thing!

Father, I pray that this hits one person right where they need it today. Oh, to miss out on the blessings of a fruitful old age is terrible to think about. I pray that someone will be radically changed by this message. Amen.

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