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We Never Get to Retire Spiritually

Posted by on September 18, 2014
As we get older, we sometimes feel that we have done all that we have been called to do. This little sign is a reminder that we are not done.

As we get older, we sometimes feel that we have done all that we have been called to do. This little sign is a reminder that we never finished on this side of Heaven.

When I was subbing in an elementary school class recently, I would ask the class a question and most of the kids would almost come out of there seats, waving their hands in the air. Some of them would even say things like, “I know!” or “Pick me!” They couldn’t wait to share their knowledge or come up to the board.

I remember similar instances when I was in school and I also remember that with each passing year in school, the desire to participate enthusiastically, dropped off. The students who wanted to answer were much fewer in number and no one was particularly excited anymore.

I think our faith walk can unfortunately, be much the same. When we first get to know Jesus, we want to shout it from the mountaintops and we are willing to serve just about anywhere, but as the years go by, we are too often just willing to sit in the church pew like that old desk from high school and simply listen.

For many of us, our children provide a reawakening and we get involved in the things they are involved in church, because they are involved. We help with Vacation Bible School when they are in it and we stop when they finish. We help with the youth program because they are in it and then we stop when they graduate. When our last one leaves the nest, we are tempted to once again, sit in the pew and listen. After all, we have done our part, right? We have paid our dues. It’s somebody else’s turn.

Maybe somebody else should step in and help with those particular programs and maybe they will. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a season of rest if we have served non-stop for many years. Furthermore, not everyone feels called to help with the children or youth in a church. Either you find children charming or incredibly annoying. You may have found your patience pushed to the limits with your own teenagers, much less someone else’s.

But, here’s the deal; we are all called to serve in some way within our church community and as a church community. There is no expiration date on our call to service. If we are breathing and still up and moving around, we are supposed to love and serve those around us in some capacity. I don’t think we ever are supposed to retire from working for Jesus and bringing people into the kingdom. There is no magic age where we can just sit on the pews.

Besides, and this truth is a huge one; the older we get and the longer we walk the journey, the more wisdom we have to share. Why would we want to keep what we have learned about our faith to ourselves when there is a world literally dying to hear it. We are called to let our light shine until we are called home.

While we may have passed the exciting, “Pick me!” stage, at some point, we should be asking God to “Reuse me!” and “Please help me find a way to share!” And you know what? He will. God is unbelievably gifted at recycling our experiences and using them for something new. If you are not currently serving anywhere, just ask God about it and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised and excited.

How are you doing at serving? I’d love to hear from you.

Have an awesome day!

Wendy 🙂

 

2 Responses to We Never Get to Retire Spiritually

  1. Kathryn Jeffers

    I just experienced your blog message. Our Church is small and we have only a few children of our on but we have a bus ministry which brings us several children/ When the church decided to start up the AWANA program again , I really hoped that others would step in, but then I remembered my previous experiences looking into the faces of our Bus children who came so faithfully and tried so hard so I prayed for a renewing of my desire and motivation to get there on Wednesday nights. We planned for grades up to 6th . On our first night we had two boys who almost lied about their grade level in order to participate. We decided to add another group and there I was last night with 4 awesome teenagers who got on a bus on their own accord , and have come faithfully for 3 weeks now. I was so blessed by being in their presence as they diligently learned their scripture and shared with me what all they had learned . these are kids that don’t have to come and I was moved to tears as I saw the struggle some of them have reading and retaining but trying so hard . Today I am thanking God for my renewal and for the awesome opportunity to do something for His kingdom and these sweet children.. I say that with tongue in cheek knowing that next meeting I may have more challenging students.

    • Wendy

      Thanks for sharing Kathryn. I too, find that I am blessed every time I agree (no matter how grudgingly), to work with kids who are seeking God. With so many choices and distractions out there for their time, I feel very convicted to share the love of Jesus when I have thirsty young souls placed right in front of me. I’m glad you answered the call to help and you inspire me to do the same. Have a great day. 🙂

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