Consider a single thought in summary. Seniors should celebrate their maturity in Christ. God nowhere asks the age of the trumpet he wants blown. And never seeks only the young to blow it!
It’s true that 10 year old Samuel had a spiritual experience denied 90 year old Eli, but only a “senior-citizen” Samuel had the spiritual maturity to anoint both Saul and David. It’s true a 17 year old David had faith in God denied 35 year old Saul, but only as a faithful king of 40 years did he have the credentials to be Messiah’s namesake. It’s true a 12 year old Jesus astounded scholars with his questions and answers. Nevertheless, only as a MAN did all the potential in the BOY blossom.
While older believers don’t have a monopoly on faith, they often have a depth of experience in faith denied younger disciples, simply by having lived with Jesus longer. And, as Pasteur said, as chance favors the prepared person, the years spent with Jesus produce depth in Christian faith younger disciples can covet but not possess.
Senior Christians should celebrate their experience with Jesus, nurtured through the years, and more exhilarating by practice. It prepares them for greater service now, not eliminates their testimony. It makes their faith more relevant and delightful—and the BEST is yet to come! Fini
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