God's Retirement Plan

God's Retirement Plan

Today’s culture has conditioned us to believe that our reward for a life well lived should be to sit someplace nice and do almost nothing.  We may play a few rounds of golf or visit a social club, but that would be the extent of our daily exertions.   As Christians, we should be wary of this belief since it does not correlate with the Bible.  In God’s word, there is no such thing as a retired follower of God.  Even in Eden there was work to do. 

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. – Genesis 2:15 (NKJV)

There are many places in the Bible where the promise of a reward means more to do in heaven.  In Matthew, Jesus relates a parable about two servants.  The faithful and wise servant is rewarded by being given more responsibility. 

"Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?  Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods….” - Matt 24:45-47

In this life, our service to others is our service the Lord.  Service should be done out of an overflow of gratitude for the wonderful gift of salvation that we have been given.  There are always more reasons to be thankful to God - so we will never run out of reasons to express that gratitude; even into our retirement years.  Our social system may relieve us from our traditional work duties at a certain age, but that only gives us more time to serve our Heavenly Father.  Let’s plan to use our lives for something meaningful at every stage.