A couple of weeks ago I wrote that if the Gospel is central to the mission of the church then it should influence the daily life of every church member. I then raised the question of whether the Gospel was shaping the lives of two groups, young people and those who are in the midst of family life. Now I want to raise the same question with our retirees and the older generation.
If you are retired or are retiring soon, in what way does the Gospel shape your life? Do you, as so many in our culture (and even in our churches) see retirement as an opportunity to seek first your kingdom and the pleasures and comforts of this life or are you seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? Do you think of your retirement as being about having more time for yourself or more time for the Lord? What might you do for the sake of the Gospel that you could not do when you were working every day?
If you have been retired for a long time, how does the Gospel mission shape your life? You may say that you are slowing down and cannot do the things you once did. While this may be true it does not exempt you from Gospel labor. Indeed, our older generation often has long established relationships with neighbors and others in which the Gospel could be advanced without much physical labor at all. Praying requires nothing of us physically but is vital to the effort. The generation coming behind you needs to see the senior saints of our church crossing their finish line and going to their reward with Gospel zeal!