NEVER GROW OLD

Is it possible to “never grow old?”  Edward Tuck said this about age:  “Age is a quality of the mind.  If you have left your dreams behind, if hope is cold, if you no longer look ahead, if your ambition’s fires are dead, then you are old.  But if from life you take the best and if in life you keep the past, if love you hold, no matter how the years go by, no matter how the birthdays fly, you are not old.”  My favorite saying about age is:  “Age is a matter of the mind, if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter.”

When Jesus’ friend, Lazarus died, Jesus told his sisters,  “I am the resurrection and he life.   He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:25  What a staggering  statement.  What an enormous claim. That’s what we want to believe.  It is what we need, LIFE now and forever more. Now Jesus is not talking about life in the ‘sweet by and by’ but about life in the nasty here and now. Eternal life, God’s kind of life begins when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Meaningful, purposeful life is ours as we come alive in Christ.  He changes us inside out with newness of life. Isn’t that the teaching of Romans 6:4 “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  If that resurrection does not take place in the here and now, there is no promise for life with God in the hereafter.  Too much our faith is ‘pie in sky by and by’. Now I believe in ‘pie in the sky by and by’ but God’s blessing of Life is NOW.

Listen to God’s Word:  “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 
2 Corinthians 4:16   This scripture acknowledges that we grow older, that physically we are wasting away.  We know that these old bodies groan and wear out.
There is no renewable fountain of youth.  What I am concerned about is that we do not grow old, INWARDLY, SPIRITUALLY.  The real age is not chronological but spiritual.  Of course, we deteriorate physically.  All that happens to us in this world are temporary except for that which happens to the soul.

We can be overcomers of the hurts and heartaches of this world by fixing our eyes on the eternal.  The flesh bogs us down, limit us here in the body but it will not be forever.  WE MUST FOCUS ON ETERNITY.   Life is on down the road and the best, for the Christian, is yet to come.

One Response to “NEVER GROW OLD”

  1. Max, all your devotionals lift my spirit .
    Thank you so much.

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