I recently heard a wise friend comment, “As we age, we’re less able to hide what our lives were all about.”
This is truth – when I am old, I won’t be able to hide who I truly am. I will be more intensely like I was when I was younger. So, the big question becomes, “What was I like when I was younger? What am I like now? Has Christ truly changed me from the inside out? What have I given my time, money and service to? Have I loved people well? Has He increased in my life? Have I decreased?
This is how John Piper sees it.
Getting old to the glory of God means getting old in a way that makes God look glorious. So growing old to the glory of God means using whatever strength and eyesight and hearing and mobility and resources we have left to treasure Christ and in that joy to and serve people—that is seek to bring them with us into the everlasting enjoyment of Christ. Serving people, and not ourselves, as the overflow of treasuring Christ makes Christ look great.
Proverbs 16.31 says, “gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”
A righteous life doesn’t happen over night.
Now is the time for us to practise honouring God. Now is the time to give Him complete access to our heart.
These are the years to surrender all so that when we are older, we are the “pleasing aroma of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2.15
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Do you think about aging?
- What do you think “aging graciously” looks and feels like?
- As you get older, are you “making God look glorious?”
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. Psalm 92. 12-15 ESV