There is a story of a man named Simeon in Luke 2: 25-35. It begins like this:
“THERE WAS A MAN IN JERUSALEM WHOSE NAME WAS SIMEON. THIS MAN WAS RIGHTEOUS AND DEVOUT, LOOKING FORWARD TO ISRAEL’S CONSOLATION AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS ON HIM.”
The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death before he saw the LORD MESSIAH.
As the reader of the story, we have to assume that Simeon was along in age, but he must have been full of hope and purpose looking for the Messiah in the temple. He must have walked each day to the temple looking for that special baby born in a manger. He was actively looking and when he found JESUS he praised GOD in saying this:
LUKE 2: 29-30 “NOW MASTER, YOU CAN DISMISS YOUR SERVANT IN PEACE, AS YOU PROMISED. FOR MY EYES HAVE SEEN YOUR SALVATION.”
So how is Simeon an example for us? He was intentionally looking for HIS Savior even into old age and every day he turned to the LORD. The Holy Spirit was upon him and he had purpose and was intent on looking everywhere for the LORD.
THE WORD RETIREMENT IS NOT FOUND ANYWHERE IN THE BIBLE.
The concept is not there. No, retirement is a world concept. No Christian should have this in their vocabulary. Believers should never retire from serving and teaching the younger generation GODLY wisdom. With age comes wisdom and how do you know your example won’t be to show someone how to age with grace, wisdom and even joy!
The Spirit of the LORD then, is not in control if we demand our own way. Age does not allow us to demand for ourselves – rather we should continue to learn and hope and move forward with HIS purpose upon us.
YOUR FAITH NEVER GOES INTO RETIREMENT
PSALM 92: 14 “THEY WILL STILL BEAR FRUIT IN OLD AGE; HEALTHY AND GREEN, TO DECLARE: “THE LORD IS JUST; HE IS MY ROCK.”
The above picture has always been one of my favorites taken in Colorado. I wondered that day of what that man was thinking looking upon GOD’S beauty. Was he thinking about his day, those he had lost or what he was planning to do? I had hoped he was sitting there praying and talking with the LORD. It was a gorgeous place to do that. Was he looking forward or backward?
As we continue on each of our own paths, walking with the LORD, we do learn over time that every day can be an adventure with HIM. Even if we are physically unable to get out, we can still reach out to others in need. We can still be that light because our light should never go out until we take our last breath on this earth.
PHILIPPIANS 3: 13-14 “BUT ONE THING I DO: FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND AND REACHING FORWARD TO WHAT IS AHEAD. I PURSUE AS MY GOAL THE PRIZE PROMISED BY GOD’S HEAVENLY CALL IN CHRIST JESUS.”
And there you have it: we are called, we are HIS ambassadors and we are to live every single day living for the GOSPEL. I am looking at my old age differently just because I am slowly getting there! But I won’t ever retire…..there is too much to do for the LORD. How about you?
HEBREWS 11: 10 “FOR HE WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CITY THAT HAS FOUNDATIONS, WHOSE ARCHITECT AND BUILDER IS GOD.”