Whatever age they were when you were little, your parents seemed old, but did you notice that they don’t seem to change much over the years? For decades they appear to remain the same sort of ‘old’ they always were, so in some weird way when you look at them now, they seem to have stayed young. Ah well, age is a bit of slippery thing to grasp, much depends on what we do with our lives, we can be old before our time if we don’t invest them well.
I heard something on the radio the other day that made me sad, it was said by a person who was a comedian, apparently.
Anyway, they said that a person in middle age has little to look forward to other than acquiring a spare room, it got me thinking.
Kingdom people are different.
I see people who are extending their boundaries, increasing their influence, moving home, changing lifestyles, all at an age when the temptation is to settle and certainly not to be pioneers of any type, all due to the stirring of the Spirit as He says ‘Is this it, are you going to settle for this now?’
Jesus once asked a man do you want to be healed? His response was that there was no one to help him into the water when it was stirred by the angel of God. If the stirring has been happening in you, you know the disturbance He can cause as He moves on you to provoke you to change.
What will you do? Will you respond as my friends have and move to where God has made space for them?
Or will you wait for the stirring of the Spirit to pass? If you leave it long enough He will let you settle down again, is that what you want? Or when you sense Jesus saying ‘Do you want to see change?’ will you be willing?
At any age there can be a feverish level of activity devoted to filling a life with what will apparently satisfy us, make us emotionally and physically full, happy, and content, but the purpose of our desires and appetites is to drive us to long for more than simply a lifelong loving spouse, an adventure every now and then, and a way to provide for us and our families.
We are made for Him, for walking with Him and working with Him, finding our forgiveness, peace, satisfaction, purpose and fulfilment, in Him.
Other things may bring joy and delight as is His intent, but these are to provoke us to seek for the higher and better, nothing will deliver settled satisfaction to the heart and mind like life lived in step with Jesus.
Is this what it’s all about? Us finding our satisfaction in Him?
Yes and no.
He loves it when we do find these in Him, but our hearts, to truly find these things, must be seeking first His satisfaction, not our own.
How funny, we find ours in seeking His.
How kind He is, how lovely, and how awe-fully generous that He would include us in extending the Kingdom and changing culture, and intend that we would enjoy ourselves to the full while we do it.
It’s all about you, Jesus.