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Realities of Retirement
“Retirement” is a myth sold to us by people who profit from us believing it.
The Big Point: God has a much more glorious plan for us in our Golden Years.
What the Bible says about retirement: Mostly nothing.
“At the age of 50, priests must retire from their regular service and work no longer” (Num. 8:25).
Old Age is a Curse.
“By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and dust you will return” (Gen. 3:19)
“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them’” (Ecc. 12:1).
Old Age is a Blessing and Opportunity
Old Age is an Opportunity to REST and REFLECT.
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread” (Ps. 37:25).
Old Age is an Opportunity to BE HUMBLED and LOVED.
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Pet. 5:5).
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” (James 1:27).
Old Age is an Opportunity to CONQUER and SERVE.
“To serve, not to be served.” - AARP
“Now then, just as the LORD promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time this happened. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said” (Josh. 14:10-12).
Old Age is an Opportunity to TRAIN and TEACH.
“Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. And teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live. Then they can train the younger women…” (Titus 2:1-4).
Old Age is an Opportunity to ANTICIPATE and HOPE.
“God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger” (Rom. 2:7-8).