There’s no mention of retirement in the new testament and only a vague single mention of it in the old testament book of Numbers.
So if God doesn’t recognize the need for retirement why do so many people work for it, plan and save for it and look forward to quitting work to retire? They’re all baling on God before the work God has planned for us is done.
Only one person in history actually completed the work God gave him to do. Jesus knew that the mission God gave him to do was now finished. As he hung on the cross being crucified to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-39.
The rest of us who are still walking around breathing still have work to do in service to the Lord.
Dr. David Jeremiah sums up our work for the Lord this way, “It’s not done till it’s done.” All of God’s children have been given purpose in life to serve God. Your purpose may not be as a minister or a missionary in Africa or a Sunday school teacher or a choir director or a church administrator. But if we’re still breathing, we have purpose,
For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10.
God has blessed me beyond imagination. Four years ago I suffered a debilitating stroke. Now I’m negotiating life from a wheelchair with only my left hand and side in working order. I won’t take up space telling you about all the blessings I receive and have received. There’s not enough paper or gigabytes in town to list them all.
Twelve years ago I started writing my blog, For His Glory, family-oriented devotionals that glorify God. I’m 75 now and just hitting my stride as a blog writer. I spent my career as a writer and editor so writing a blog is a perfect way to spend my days.
Almost two years ago God confirmed for me crystal clearly my purpose for serving Him in the work I have left down here–writing blog posts on my For His Glory blog.
Years from now (I hope years) I’ll write my last blog post. And God will say, to me, “Okay, Steve, you’re done. ” And He’ll call me home.