‘Until our time here is finished’

Recently, a few of our senior adults were recognized for their faithfulness of service in Pickens Baptist Association.

They have been and continue being “good and faithful servants” to our Lord. Their faithful service started me thinking about this topic of being a senior adult.

There are many phrases used to describe this age of life. Unfortunately, most feel derogatory: declining years, golden age, winter of life, elderly.

These descriptions creep into the life of the local church and even into our own minds. Senior adults may begin to feel useless or “past our prime.” Seriously, who are the folks making those designations?

Honestly, as I look at these people who were honored, they have endured and been constant, persistent and stable in their Christian life. These are the proper words that we should use for those of us who are aging well.

God inspired King Solomon to write that “gray hair is a crown of splendor … attained in the way of righteousness.” He observed that older people who walked in the way of the Lord gained a crown through their faithfulness to Him.

The Bible teaches that seniors need to continue living out their lives to the full by training younger believers to learn from them.

It is not a time of retirement. It is not a time to slow down, to put up one’s feet and rest. There is still much to be done in our churches and our communities.

In Pickens County, there are about 3,000 experienced folks who must NOT stop but must KEEP going forward. May we allow God to use us until our time here is finished!

Lyle Dease
Director of missions
Pickens Baptist Association