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"Thy Word Have I Hid In Mine Heart..." Psalm 119 : 11

Never Too Old

Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
3rd February
Thomas Fuller
Man is immortal till his work is done.
Too old at forty." The words blared out at me from the heading of a newspaper feature. The substance of the report concerned a highly skilled worker who had been made redundant and found it impossible to obtain another position. There was a multitude of younger applicants for every available job. The impression he had gained from interviews was that, in the prime of life, he was too old to be employable.

I cannot help feeling that something of this attitude has crept into the church today. Maybe those who are still relatively young have contributed to the problem. Sometimes due respect is not given to older members. We are prone to forget the debt we owe to those on whose labours we build. Yet old people as well as young have mistaken ideas. "Leave it to the coming generation. I am too old to be of any use." How often have we heard such sentiments. Too old to be useful? Never!

To those who see themselves entering the autumn time of life, the example of Abram is an encouragement, a stimulus to keep going forward with God. Here he is, seventy-five years old, and about to begin with the Lord. What adventures lay ahead of him! Of course Abram had many years still before him. How many we have is for God alone to know. The point is, those years are there to be used. No Christian remains on earth who has not something to do for his Master. Will you not gather up your remaining time and talents and devote them to God's service? What you have to give may seem insignificant, but your efforts will meet with a gracious response from Him who said of the woman who anointed Him, "She hath done what she could" (Mark 14:8).