Thursday, April 16, 2009
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It's got to be one of the most memorable, most identifiable advertising campaigns in recent history. And it's hard to do that when what you're selling is something as boring as batteries. But Energizer did it. You can probably imagine their rabbit in your mind right now: he's got sunglasses on, drumsticks in his hand, and a big bass drum in front of him. And he moves across the landscape, seemingly unstoppable, beating his drum all the way because he's powered by Energizer batteries, of course.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "No Such Thing As Retirement."
Yeah, the Energizer bunny. He keeps "going and going and going." So do faithful followers of Jesus Christ, no matter how long they've been going. God says so in our word for today from the Word of God.
According to Psalm 92, beginning with verse 12, "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God." Now, listen to this part. "They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, 'The Lord is upright; He is my Rock..." I love this. People in the later years of their lives, not just playing shuffleboard or watching TV, but still making a difference. Still praising their faithful Lord every chance they get. Still talking about the "Rock" who has sustained them through every battle of their life. In fact, speaking as only those who have walked with God a long time can speak of Him!
It's God's will that you should "bear fruit" in your "old age," that you stay fresh and productive, not stale and on the sidelines. You can retire from a career. You can retire from a company or an occupation, but you can't retire from the service of Jesus Christ! There are those who say, "Well, I've served my time. I've done my part. I'll just sit here and rest until Jesus comes for me." Listen, when you love the Lord Jesus, when you've surrendered your life to His leadership, you don't look for an opportunity to quit. You say, "Man, if I live to be a hundred, I'm never going to have enough time to do for my Lord what I want to do!" God wants you to be one of His "Energizer bunnies" going and going and going until He decides your work is finished.
Yes, your body may slow down. Your health may not be what it used to be. But you still have so much to give. He's still got lives for you to touch. Wherever He's put you, don't go off duty! He's still got young people He wants you to encourage with your long view of the ways of God. He's still got battles for you to fight, other people's burdens for you to carry, situations that need your wisdom, people who need you for them to have a chance to go to heaven. How can you retire? Yes, you may retire from a ministry position, but don't ever retire from ministry!
So many people get more self-centered the older they get. That isn't God's plan for you and me. The closer we get to seeing Jesus, the less we should be thinking about ourselves and the more we should be thinking about serving Him and storing up treasures in heaven! Isn't it exciting to know that God wants to keep using your life for your whole life? Because the Holy Spirit, who lives in you, never gets old, never wears out, never goes off duty. Because of that, you're going to keep "going and going and going" for Jesus until the day you see Him!