Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
I was talking with a friend the other day who is the same age as I am, 42. We were discussing how blessed we were to be doing exactly what God had called us to do. There was no pride in ourselves but there was great joy that God had led us to our own particular callings and we were actually enjoying them. A lot of guys get to our age, which is mid-life, and still have no idea what they want to do or what they are supposed to do. Then comes the “mid-life crisis”. Some get depressed, some get a new car, some get a new wife. I am blessed that I did not have to “get” these things to help me figure out my mid-course direction. I think one key reason involves the subject of my last blog, “The Single Most Important Discipline.” I would have no idea what to do with my life were it not for God and the leading of His Spirit. I can take no credit for His voice or even for the strength to obey, all the credit goes to Christ, whose Spirit lives in me. But the constant, daily voice of God that comes through prayer and studying His Word has an incalculable cumulative effect on your life.
So what if you are at mid-life and struggling to know what to do with your life? I would say begin to meditate on these startling words from Romans 13:11-12,
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
It’s time to wake up and listen to the voice of God. The truth is that we ARE getting older and therefore closer to death, and therefore closer to our salvation. Don’t waste any more time. Cast off the works of darkness you have been struggling with. Go hard after God. Spend the rest of your life living out His will. Dive into serving Christ and furthering His Kingdom. It’s not too late. Go ahead, put on the armor of light, join Christ and His forces and fight the good fight. You may get tired and battle weary. It will cost you sacrifice and discipline. But the rewards last for eternity. There is nothing greater to give your life to than the call and service of Christ.
All for Jesus,