April 23    
  
Today's Bible Readings
     Leviticus 27
     Psalm 34
     Ecclesiastes 10
     Titus 2
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''That the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things." (Titus 2:2-3)
 
THE VALUE OF AGE
            Paul exhorts Titus to understand the importance of the aged members of the church. They are the key to training younger members in discretion, chastity, homemaking, doctrine, integrity, reverence, and purity. A church without Godly older people is a handicapped church.
            God's older people need to be reminded that they are not blazing a new trail. God has given us many examples and much truth to help us prepare for the future. If old age catches you by surprise, don't blame God. He gave you plenty of warning, and He also gave you plenty of advice. ''Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:33)
            The question for the aged is not, “how long did you live?” but, “did you finish well?” Your goal is not to live long; it is to live well. The wisest are not the ones with the most years in their lives, but those with the most life in their years. Your greatest opportunity in your late years is to be a mentor to younger people who need the wisdom that comes with many years of life.
            Make a decision now to make your late years count for the glory of God. You have not yet joined God's hall of fame.
That is yet to come. Until that day when God takes you home, the best is yet to come. In your twilight years, you can continue to be faithful to your Lord through the life of His church. Even if you are unable to go to church, you can faithfully serve Him as a prayer warrior, and encourager of younger saints. “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God, they shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.” (Psalms 92:13-14)
Even if you are in a retirement center or a nursing home, be a missionary there. You may walk in the mall. While you are walking, pass out some Gospel tracts.
            If you are bored with what you are doing, find some places of volunteer ministry. Ask your pastor what you can do to help him.  Be very careful, however, you may give him a heart attack.
            Consider the lives of Moses, Caleb, Abraham, John, and others used with their greatest effectiveness in old age. The legacy of these men and women verify for us that our last chapter in the book of life can be our best. Our final song can be our greatest.  It could be that all of our life has prepared us for a grand exit.  God's oldest has always been among His choicest.
            One who is approaching the door of eternity should especially be spiritually alert for opportunities of service and discipline. The best is yet to come for those who want to find it. The saddest thing in all the world is an older person without Jesus Christ. Age has not made them better, but has made them bitter. Your late years underline the urgency of your need for Jesus as Savior. Never forget this, old age may be the last chapter of the book of life, but for the child of God whose best friend is Jesus, there is still one more chapter.  The best is yet to come.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            The highest percentage of Christians for any country in Africa is in the country of Namibia. This country has seen great success in the growth of the church to serve the more than two million people who live in this country. As you pray for this country, pray for the less evangelized peoples. They include the San (Bush Men), the Himba and the Dhimba. It also includes the German and English speaking communities that are more influenced by secular humanism. Pray for the Christians of this African nation to be bold in their witness for Christ.
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORD TODAY
''Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, the last of life for which the first was made. Our times are in His hands who saith, A whole I 've planted and youth shows but half, Trust God, see all , don 't be afraid."
Browning's Rabbi Ben Ezra