Any gray-haired people of God out there? After passing the 40-year mark recently, I’m realizing that getting older has its frustrations. I’m finding that it’s harder to remember people’s names, more challenging to memorize God’s words, and near impossible to feel great about the wrinklier, droopier body that’s reflected in the mirror each morning. (Some of you are thinking, Pastor, just wait until 50! or 60! or 80! You have no idea . . .)
It’s easy to give in to grumbling as our bodies start to break down. But the apostle Paul had a different perspective that kept his faith young and fresh. He wrote, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
You 60-somethings can have a faith that is faster and fresher than an all-conference freshman. How? By fixing your eyes on what is unseen and eternal (see verse 18). I know many of your friends gather together to grumble about medication, doctor’s appointments, and surgeries, reminiscing about the glory days of their youthful past. But you can focus on the glory days to come, when Jesus returns to make all things new. On that day, the first of an endless streak, Jesus will raise your body, transformed to be as glorious as his own, and present you in the Father’s presence once and for all.
Ah, the millennials should envy the elderly who have their eyes fixed on forever! So whatever your age, fix your eyes on Jesus and thank God for forever.