Dear RGC Family and Friends,
"How do you feel about turning 60?" Several of my friends asked me that last week. I hadn’t given it much thought but when I think about people being in their 60’s I still have an image of my grandfather at my 18th birthday.
This past Sunday (my birthday) I was reading For the Love of God, my daily devotional with D.A. Carson, and the first two words were, “old age.” He then went on to write, “It is not something our generation likes to talk about very much.” He goes on to say that it is only with great reluctance that we talk about infirmity and death.
David wrote in Psalm 71, “So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to those to come.”
Sure, there are frightening things about aging, but with Jesus we do not have to be afraid. Our latter years do not have to be filled with fear, loneliness, and lack of purpose. In Psalm 71, the psalmist asks that God will stay near to him as he ages, but more than that he asks that he might be able to live his life in these years for God. He is not asking for a comfortable retirement; he wants to use his latter years to pass on what he knows and has experienced with God to the next generation.
This prayer applies to young as well as older Christians. The gospel does not change as we age. The call of God is to love him above all things and to share the good news out of the overflow of our relationship with him.
If we love God with all that we are, and above all things, how can we not desire to pass what we have learned to others? RGC family members, let’s all be disciples who make disciples. Take a moment to consider, who can you meet with to encourage, study, or pray together with? Mature saints, have you considered meeting with a younger believer to teach them how to pray or to persevere under trial in the midst of weakness? Younger saints, who can you meet with in the community to pursue growth and/or be equipped?
Losing several saints these past few years – Dawn Jennings, Dave Holden, Cidny Fox, Bruce Mika, and Sylvia Kraynak – has spurred me on. I want to be like these men and women who trusted God until the end of their lives.
What’s my biggest prayer request turning 60? Thanks for asking! Please pray that I will finish well, faithfully loving my Savior, my family, and the people of God. Let’s continue to love and serve Jesus together. I am very grateful to be a part of the Redeeming Grace Church family.
Grace to you,