When do We Retire?

I’ve often heard pastors say that we never retire from serving God.  And that’s true – we don’t read anything in God’s words that tells us we are ever too old to serve him, to fulfill the reason why we are here.  The fact that we’re still alive proves he still has a purpose for us.

But that purpose changes.Feb 4 2016 It's time to retire

In Numbers 8, God tells Moses that the men must retire from their work in the Tent of Meeting at the age of 50.  That was actually pretty young back when people lived a lot longer than today.  After the men retire, they are to assist their younger brothers who are actually doing the work.

The torch of leadership needs to be passed on to the next generation.  And the older, wiser crowd still works by teaching, mentoring and encouraging those who are now leading.

The responsibilities are passed on to the younger generation.

Some churches really struggle with this.  Because the older crowd doesn’t want to give up control.  They want everything to be like it has been for the last 30 years.

And the younger generation just isn’t going to do that.  They are going to change things!

So the older generation fails to hand over the baton and the younger generation leaves to go to another church or maybe stops going to church at all because there is no place open to them where they can use their strengths to serve God and grow their faith.

This discussion of retiring in order to reach out a hand to others who are leading and learning resonates with me because this is what God has been doing in my life these last several years.  He has changed my purpose within my church family to assisting my brothers and sisters in deepening their faith and growing in their spiritual leadership.

To encourage.

To challenge.

But not to hold the torch myself.

From my perspective, its easy to see that God’s plan in Numbers 8 works very well.

When we listen.

When we obey.

We love you, Abba Father.

 

Standing in the Gap

  • remaining faithful to God and his word through all of life’s ups and downs.
  • discipling and mentoring others as we walk this path of faith together.
  • praying and loving others, leaving the judging to God.
  • keeping our eyes on God instead of all the ‘attractions’ of this world.
  • sharing the Good News with others so they might believe.August 20 2015 standing in the gap

In Ezekiel, God told the people of Judah that he had looked for someone to stand before him in the gap on behalf of the people of the land but he found no one.

Not one.

Dear Father, you are a righteous and holy God.  Please help us walk in step with you, repentant and obedient.  When you look on us today, may you find us standing in the gap for others.  You have made that possible by your grace and the power of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of us.  We love you!  In the redeeming name of Jesus we pray, Amen.