Noah began his approximately 75 year process of building and supplying the ark at around 525 years old, Abraham left Haran for the Promised Land at around 75 years old, Moses started the 40 years of leading the nation of Israel at 80 and Joshua started conquering the Promised Land (a 50 year process) at approximately 60 years of age.
According to the US Census bureau, approximately 77% of our countries’ wealth is in the hands of those 50 years old and older.
Jeremiah and Timothy had to be encouraged to lead despite their youthfulness.
All of these things seem to point in the same direction…back to work.
I don’t mean that you have to continue at the same job until you drop, but if you are a Christian who is looking at the retirement years as a candy store of your favorite hobbies and interests…you might have missed the boat.
The life of a Christian is to be an investment in the Kingdom of God and in eternity itself, not a nest egg that we wontingly spend on ourselves.
This is the 4th Quarter of your life – it is win or lose time. This is the time in the game that you pull out all the stops, not stop from all the pulling.
God is not finished with you yet. In fact, the most significant days of ministry are in front of you. You now have your greatest supply of time, talent, relationships and resources – use them for the Kingdom don’t blow them on yourself.
What is God calling you to do with your next 20 years? You have raised your family, you have created an independent wealth in which for the first time in your life you don’t have to do someone else’s work to support yourself. It’s time for you to enter your own Promised Land… and to conquer it one step at a time as you follow your Lord and Savior.
Don’t retire, retreat or rest. Our rest will come when we hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”