USEFUL OLD AGE Tuesday 6 September

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” (Titus 2:2).  

READ: Exodus 3:1-10  

God can use the rejects and those of low social standing. He can also use babes and suckling. Matthew 19:14 says: “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven”. Each time you deny your children the opportunity of fellowshipping with Jesus, you deny yourself a heavenly experience. Whenever children fellowship with their Saviour Jesus Christ, Heaven comes down. If you want to encounter Heaven and angelic visitations, do not neglect children who can praise God well. 

Besides children, God can also use the aged. Contrary to the opinion of many, no one is too old for God to use. If you do not share my sentiments, ask Moses. When he thought of preparing for retirement at the age of 80, he got the greatest shock of his life. God was just set to begin with him (Exo. 3:1-15) and that assignment took him another 40 years! Even when he had to compulsorily retire, it was not because God was through with him but because he had engaged himself in certain things he should never have. But for this, God was still ready to use him as far as possible. 

If you are below 120 years, God can use you. As long as you are not tired of serving Him, the Lord will not retire you. One benefit of the aged in God’s service is that they are no longer distracted by youthful lusts, and as a result, are more focused on God. If you are over 70 years, you must be actively engaged in serving God. Your vision must shift from an earthly one to a heavenly one. Such an age is not the time to be struggling to build houses, buy cars, or amassing wealth. Your old age is time to instill the fear of God, love Him out of sincere heart and serve Him with undivided attention. It is a time to prepare for Heaven, making your ways right with anyone who has offended you or anyone whom you have offended. The elders who harbor unforgiving spirit, bitterness and grudges are to be most pitied as they are making their eternal reservations in hell. Old age is the time to work towards a great reward in Heaven by wining lots of souls into God’s Kingdom. It is also a time to be a role model for the youths. Dear elders, how are you spending your days?

KEY POINT: The lifestyle of an elder should speak of Heaven. Does your life point others to Heaven? Be heaven conscious.

Bible in One year: 2 Sam. 9-12

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