Live For God Until Your Last Breath

“With long life will I satisfy him.”                       Psalm 91:16

When asked, “How do you grow old so gracefully?”  Alexandre Dumas replied, “Because I give all my time to it.”  If you’re over fifty, let your age be measured by your spiritual progress instead of a date on the calendar.  How would you like to have these words engraved on your headstone?  “Enoch lived 365 years.  Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:23-24 NIV).  Picture this: Enoch goes for a walk with God and when they reach a certain point, God says, “It’s closer to My house than yours, so just come home with Me.”  Like an old oak tree, a mature Christian’s roots have weathered life’s storms.  But don’t take your wisdom to the grave with you; share it with people who’ll listen.  And those who are wise will listen, because they recognize the foolishness of paying twice for the same information.

Don’t retire–refocus.  Victor Hugo once said; “Forty is old age to youth, fifty is youth to old age.”  With God, availability, not age, is what counts.  The Bible says: “There was…a prophetess Anna…she was eighty-four.  She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them (Mary and Joseph with the Christ child) at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all” (Luke 2:36-38 NIV).  The world respects ex-generals and ex-presidents, but not ex-Christians.  A respected character actor said, “As we grow older we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.”  So live for God until your last breath.

 

This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today