Brother Tim writes:
I have had 40 years of making a regular contribution as a brother & part of the brotherhood – Youth Weekends, Camps, Bible Class, Presiding, Exhorting … I am about to retire from my day job. Should I also stop or slow down ecclesial involvement? Surely I’ve done enough? Perhaps I should gradually reduce commitments – Sunday, Wednesday, other?
What advice does the Bible give me for this time of my life? What examples to follow?
He was 80yrs old when he crossed the Red sea. Moses retirement saw him at his most active in the service of the ecclesia, right to the end at age 120.
He was 40yrs old when he was sent to spy the land. He had embraced the truth for many years and he stood up for the things of the spirit. He entered the land at the age of 80yrs and spent 5yrs in battle treading down the land with his brothers.
Note that Caleb did not choose the easy life for his retirement. He chose an arid upland (not for him the lush green pastures) and the very home of the giants who had scared his fellow spies 45yrs before.
Disciples of Jesus
We are not told how old the disciples were. Come the end of Jesus’ life on earth and we have no idea what most of the disciples actually did – did they just retire off the scene into obscurity?
I somehow don’t think so!
Peter spent his ‘retirement’ preaching to the Jews
Paul spent his ‘retirement’ preaching to the Gentiles
Philip was found walking all over the south reaching out to Africans
John was imprisoned
James was executed by Herod
Many others worked hard in service of the ecclesia everywhere they went…
So, there is simply no provision in God’s purpose to retire from his service – at home, and especially in the ecclesial home. The Bible says:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58