Then Moses and Aaron did so; just as the Lord commanded them, so they did. And Moses was
eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.
Usefulness doesn’t have to stop at retirement. At age 89 architect Philip Johnson designed a New
York skyscraper with gold tinted glass. Critics are hailing it as a masterpiece. At 92 theater
caricaturist Al Hirschfield attends every Broadway opening and puts in seven days a week at his
drawing board. Poet Stanley Kunitz won the 1995 National Book Award at age 90. These men
have not allowed age to stand in the way of usefulness. They know it’s never too late to be
God also uses those who are skiing the downhill side of life. Moses was 80 when he was called
to his greatest task and Aaron was 83. In fact, God would use them for the next 40 years to lead
the people of Israel.
Certainly there must have been younger men to fill the role, but God chose Moses, who was
picked at birth and seasoned by years. In God’s sight it’s not your age that counts; it’s your
willingness to obey His call.
If you’re part of the younger generation, be careful how you view God’s older saints. Age is not
the critical success factor; availability and obedience are.
If you’re one of those who needs the fire department to stand by when you light the candles on
your birthday cake, don’t be too ready to settle into a rocking chair. Saints who no longer are
saddled with a daily job can serve in fruitful ways that others can’t. Volunteer to work in the
church office, visit shut-ins or encourage those who are in the hospital.
The mission field is another area that can use a lift from senior saints. Many missionaries could
use help in accomplishing their goals. If you’re a retired teacher, printer, mechanic, nurse or
whatever, your most exciting days of ministry may be ahead of you. Open up your life to God’s
GOD DOESN’T LOOK AT THE CALENDAR; HE LOOKS AT THE HEART.