If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose?
Of the lives of all of the apostles, Paul possibly had the most difficult. He was beaten, imprisoned, shipwrecked, and ultimately killed for his faith in Christ. But Paul kept everything in perspective.
Paul didn’t look for death as a way to escape the pain and persecution that he endured while spreading the gospel over the Roman world. But he recognized that his death meant that he would be at home with Christ which was something that he looked forward to.
As long as Paul was living however, he knew that there was work to be done. Paul remained alive in order to do whatever tasks that God had for him to do.
Sometimes Christians reach a certain age and think that they have fulfilled their duty to God and stop laboring for the Lord. But this is far from the way God intended. While age brings on physical limitations, it also brings wisdom.
Elders of the church – not the position but those who have been there longest – must find ways to pass the torch to a younger generation but also new ways to serve the Lord. This can be done as advisors, teachers, or simply praying for others.
No matter what age we are, if we are still drawing breath, God can use us and the church can gain from what we have to offer.