“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. II Corinthians 5:17-20
How many of us remember the story of Samson: God made him the richest, wisest and most popular King ever! (On no, that was Samuel–wrong story) Anyways, God blessed Samson, who was a Judge, that ruled the people of Israel with great strength, and with the instructions that he must never cut his hair. Then Samson married outside of God’s chosen people, while Samson lead the people of Israel for 20 years, then he cohorts with the woman Delila, who tricked him into giving her the secret to his strength. She tells her people and while he sleeps, they shave his head–well it went something like that–not important. He then loses all his strength and his kingdom, his wealth, and probably his wisdom (On no, that’s Samuel again.) Anyways, Samson looses all his strength, and when he does, they hitch him to a grinder and made him walk in a continuous circle to grind the grain for years (or was that Gideon?). Well, unbeknownst (I’ve always wanted to use that word) to anyone, as his hair grows back, so does his strength, and God gives him back his strength. Samson’s final act of his life was to “pray to God and ask for great strength just one more time. When he stood under the temple, and with his great strength that God had restored, he lifts the two columns with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and on the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.”
God restored Samson when he was old–with God’s help of great strength, Samson destroys the temple of the Philistines. We are never too old to be forgiven. We are never too old to do something risky if God is with us.
Then, how about the story of Moses! He was something like 80 years old and was moseing (ha, ha, play on words) around, taking care of sheep as an occupation. God tells Moses he is going to lead God’s people out of Egypt. “Ya, right!” (paraphrased). After begging God to have Aaron do the speaking, they attempt numerous times asking that the King of Egypt to let God’s people go. finally, Moses commanded the King of Egypt to let the people of God go! And Pharoah agrees. Now this might have something to do with all the plagues of frogs and the nine other plagues, but anyways, Moses, at a very ripe old age, becomes the leader of God’s people, on their way to the Promised Land, and he is also the wealthiest man at the time.
Don’t ever tell yourself you are too old. Try doing a few things and see if it is something you are good at. God will help you along the way. People will encourage you at what you are good at. God will give us one spiritual gift, and if we are faithful to use that for God’s Kingdom on earth, God will give us another spiritual gift. There will be no end to what God can do with the latter years of our life, but don’t wait till then–you are old enough now!!!!!!!