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[Lighthouse Daily Devotion] Do Not Retire From Serving God

Do Not Retire From Serving God
Brother Neff’s Collections
Originally Published October 3, 2014
February 10, 2024

Ps 71:17-18 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works. 18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

It is wise for all of us to prepare for retirement.  There are many different avenues to achieve this goal.  Some prepare for retirement by saving, others by investing in stocks and bonds—still others prepare by buying real estate or rental properties. It is wise to prepare for that inevitable gray-headed  period of life when we are no longer able to work.

The opposite is true when it comes to serving the Lord. We should never plan to retire from serving the Lord.  At the time of our salvation, we became children of God.  We belong to Him, we were bought with a price, and that price was not silver and gold; it was with His own precious Blood that He bought us.  He has given us a job to do, and one day we will stand before Him to give an account for our service.  

Paul said it this way:  Ac 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

I remember B. M. Page, a great pastor and evangelist, still preaching, soul winning, and passing out tracts when he was in his 90’s. I also think of Brother Williams, he had to retire from pastoring when he became too elderly and feeble. But that did not stop him from knocking on doors two or three days a week, telling people how to be saved, even when he had to use a cane to walk.  

Consider: There are opportunities for us to serve the Lord at every age; don’t quit on God—He didn’t quit on you.

Live & Learn: That life is like a book. Sometimes we must close a chapter and begin the next one—Age 34.

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