Bible Verse: “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” (Psalm 92:14)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 92:1-15
Lifelong serving means serving God throughout a person’s life, from the time he/she becomes a Christian to the end of his/her life regardless of age. In this Biblical theme of lifelong serving, two components are evident: the Serving component, and the Lifelong component.
The Serving Component
Clearly, serving God results in doing good works. But the purpose of serving is not to gain God’s favour, as we are already saved not by works but by faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Rather, it is a response to God’s love and to what Christ has done for us. There are numerous teachings in the Scripture related to serving God. These include Deut. 13:4, 1 Chron. 28:9, Luke 22:26-27, 1 Cor. 15:58. In these four references alone, it is clear that serving God involves reverence, obedience, persistence, wholehearted devotion, service with a willing mind and humble heart, and knowing that our labour in the Lord is not in vain.
The Bible connects serving God to serving others. Ephesians 6:7 says, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,” and Matthew 25:40 says, “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Then Jesus set the example of serving others, as noted in Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We are further instructed in Galatians 5:13 concerning the importance of attitude in service: “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” So serving one another in love and in the Name of Christ is synonymous with serving Christ.
The Lifelong Component
The teaching of the lifelong concept is evident in the Scripture. Proverbs 22:6 says: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” So we are to follow God throughout our lives. Ps. 92:14 reminds us that serving God and producing fruit is not limited by age: “They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green.” God expects our service until old age. Isaiah 46:4 provides a comforting reminder to those in old age: “Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” It is obvious that God will not cast the aging away. In the New Testament, 2 Corinthians 4:16 also says: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” People of older age can be assured that the likeness of God knows no age limitations. Every age group possesses adequate potential for creativity and spiritual rejuvenation. Staying the course in serving God to the end of life by trusting and loving the Lord leads to a life that finishes well and brings satisfaction and fulfillment to the individual.
— Gerald K. Chan in Serving in the Golden Years: The Tribe of Caleb
© 2016 by Gerald K Chan. Used by permission.
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