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How does God view the retiree?

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[Steve Myers] Many people look forward to retirement. You get to a certain age, and it's time for something different. But retiring from work and all of those activities and our labor, does that mean that we can retire from being a Christian? Or does it mean that there isn't any use for us when we reach a certain age, and we're just seemingly put out to pasture?

Well, Psalm 92 gives us a lot of information about that very fact. Psalm 92 – in fact, we'll begin in verse 12. It says this: "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon." That sounds like something for a young person. But a little bit later in verse 13 it says, "Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of God." Verse 14, "They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing to show that the Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there's no unrighteousness in Him" (Psalms 92:12-14 Psalms 92:12-14 [12] The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. [13] Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. [14] They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;
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You see, Christianity isn't just for young people – it's for old people, it's for retirees. And yet, we're not just put out to pasture as, you know, elderly Christians. Psalm 92 makes it very clear that even though we're old, we can still produce something. We can produce something spiritual. We can produce good spiritual fruit. And in fact, I think it's the NRSV that says, "They're always green and fresh." And so even elderly have lot to offer when it comes to Christianity. So don't ever think that you're just put out to pasture when you retire from your job. As God's people, we can always be fresh and green and contribute in major spiritual ways.

That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.