A Common Predicament: You Age
“Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass and we fly away. -Psalm 90:10
I am today three score and two. King David made it to 70, his son, King Solomon, all the way to 80. That was 3,000 years ago, and the average lifespan today remains pretty much the same. Growing old is our common malady. From cradle to grave the years pass quickly and you soon find yourself old. It is the result of sin.
What if we never aged? We simply do not know what that would be like, for no one has experienced it. Nor has anyone other than Jesus not known sin. The wages of sin is death, and death is the certain result of aging. Jesus aged from a baby to a 30-something adult, for he was truly man, but now remaining wedded to our flesh, he is ageless. One day such will be your condition, though you can hardly imagine it.
Until then you know what it is like to age in your body and also in your mind, by the way. It is well said, “Growing old is not for sissies! We know a time in life when we can do almost anything physically but fly. Yet this passes, and the aches and pains increase. Infirmity sets in; you get to know “Arthur.
Aging requires grace to not succumb to grouchiness. Growing old requires sanctification to continue maturing in character – that is, “growing up into Christ. An aging car wears out and breaks down; an older body is susceptible to sickness, disease, and infirmity. It is the common test of life everyone experiences. How then shall you live as your body deteriorates with age?
As the body wanes, your character must and can endure in eternal hope and gracious spirit. Your body will not survive the grave, but your spirit never dies. What is invested in your spirit truly goes with you. It is your stuff which remains, eventually burning or decaying. Every day your spirit and soul either improves in Christ or it remains the constant prisoner of sin.
So what is your itinerary for tomorrow? What is planned for your day? How much time for your body? How much for your soul and spirit? The body will not cease to age and wear out. Your spirit and soul is yearning for your investment, an investment which pays eternal dividends. But only you, with the enabling of Christ, can make this soul-investment a rich one. Whatever your investment, it will never be diminished. It will only grow.
So then, what is your plan for tomorrow?
“Fountain of o’er-flowing grace freely from thy fullness give. ‘Til I close my earthly race, may I prove it ‘Christ to live,’ may I prove it ‘Christ to live.’
(3rd verse of Ralph Wardlaw’s hymn, “Christ of All My Hopes the Ground, 1817)
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