“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’” Psalm 92:12-15.
We are coming across more and more folk in the Seniors age group, who seem to think that their time has gone — it’s time to put their feet up — time to retire.
I’ve heard some serious news for you folk — “Nonsense! You’re the perfect age for God to use you for His Glory and for His Kingdom!”
Seniors have knowledge, seniors have life experience, and seniors have a certain wisdom.
Why on earth would God follow the worlds pattern and throw all that away just because you reach a certain age?
My wife and I recently joined a ‘Slimming World’ group – yeah, yeah – because we’d put on a few pounds!
The group’s motto is brilliant for all of us – “If you can dream it, you can do it!” Just as good is the old Nike slogan, “Just do it!”
Why do you think that, with me at nearly 79 years of age, The LORD is moving us and using us?
We seniors may not have the energy, the ‘get-up-and-go’ of the younger generations, but we have far more to offer than most of us think.
Some have time, some have money, some have unique skills — we all have something we can bring to the party.
- We have ministry experience.
- We have intercessory skills.
- We have our God-given authority and wisdom.
- We are de facto role models and mentors for the younger ones.
- We’ve been there!
- We’ve done it!
- We’ve worn out several different t-shirts!
- e are the engine room of the church!
- We “will still bear fruit in old age, we will stay fresh and green”!
Why? Because there is No Retirement in God’s Kingdom, and No Retirement in His service!
Come on LORD, like the 80 year old Smith sisters in the Hebridean Revival, use me!
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.