Vol. 11 No. 7 July 2009
By Bonnie Rushmore
Every congregation has at least one, while larger congregations have several. We observe them at every gathering of the Lord’s church. You know who they are. We all know them by name.
I am referring to the members of the church who never miss a service. They seem to follow the Postal Creed of “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” when it is time for services at the local congregation. If, by chance, they were not present, everyone would ask about them. If no one knows of their whereabouts, someone will call to check on them. If they do not answer the phone, someone will drive to their homes to see that they are alright. When these individuals are out of town, they call an elder or the preacher to inform someone of their whereabouts. In their minds, “being up in years” or “simply not feeling well” is not an excuse to stay home.
Not only do these individuals attend all the scheduled services, but they continually serve God to the best of their abilities. Retirement from secular work does not mean retirement from God’s work. They continue to teach Bible classes, visit the hospitals and shut-ins, reach out to the lost, assist with cleaning and maintaining the meetinghouse, etc. They will not let age interfere with serving God. These individuals attend all the worship services, work sessions and fellowship gatherings. You can count on them to be present when the “doors are open.”
Perhaps these individuals are following the examples of biblical characters who served God late in life. A few of these would include:
Just as these and many other biblical characters served God late in life, we, too, must serve God as long as we live on planet earth. Our physical abilities may hinder what we can do, but we must continue to work in some capacity. Even those who are confined to a hospital bed can pray for those reaching out to the lost, can make phone calls or write short notes of encouragement. Let it be said of each of us, “The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31 NKJV).