Live Till You Die!
Monday, 21 July 2014
‘…When he died…his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.’ Deuteronomy 34:7 NIV
Don’t listen to those who tell you you’re ‘too old’. God’s promise is, ‘They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh…’ (Psalm 92:14 NIV) For 20 to 30 years the century plant spreads out but produces no flowers. Then in one year, without warning, a bud sprouts. The bud, which resembles a tree-trunk-sized asparagus spear, shoots into the sky at the fantastic rate of nearly 20 cm per day, and reaches an eventual height of 8 to 10 m. Then it crowns itself with several clumps of yellowish blossoms that last almost a month. Some of God’s oldest are among His finest! The older, mellower Abraham was wiser than the brash, younger one. Caleb was still defeating giants and climbing mountains at 85. Anna, an elderly widow, didn’t just pray for the Messiah; her vision kept her alive until He came. In his nineties, imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos, John wrote the Book of Revelation. Jesus said, ‘Those who try to make their life secure will lose it, but those who lose their life will keep it.’ (Luke 17:33 NRS) You can approach life in two ways: protect it or pursue it. When the voice of safety says, ‘Build a fire in the hearth and stay in where it’s warm,’ the voice of faith says, ‘Build a fire in your soul, then go out and pursue your vision with a passion.’ Asked why he was still studying Greek in his nineties, Oliver Wendell Holmes is reported to have said, ‘My good sir, it’s now or never!’ What matters is not the years in your life, but the life in your years. So, live till you die!
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014