Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. (Deuteronomy 34:7 (NASB)
I will turn 70 this month. It's the big seven-0. But as we move towards the end of our journey, spiritually speaking, should we not still have our vision and passion intact.
God did not take his servant Moses from this world in a time of decline. His vision and vigor were as clear and strong as ever. Physically God may not do this for us, but He's more than able to keep us vibrant spiritually to the end.
Professional football players start retiring in their early thirties. Some may make it to the latter part of that decade or some longer. A few go on to become coaches or management people in the sport they love. They never really lose that competitive instinct. Should it be much different with God’s people? Is there not an emerging generation of believers that we need to mentor and coach? Should we ever lose our desire to serve and be useful for His kingdom? Yes, due to physical limitations we may have to change our mode or method of service, but our drive should never wane. Our spirit never grows old. God believes in refiring not retiring.
I am praying for myself and all my age that when we pass from this world into the next, we will spiritually be at the top of our game. I am believing God that I will still have the vision to see what he wants to do in and through me and the zeal to see that become a reality. A great philosopher once said, “it ain’t over until it’s over.” It’s not finished until we breathe our last. Unlike professional football, the game that we play is a matter of life and death and has eternal consequences.
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Ken Barnes the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing