As a very young “Senior Citizen” who lives in a Senior Community, I am enjoying seeing the evidence of faith in many of our elderly, and how it affects their life.
Personally, I have been affected by health issues that have totally stopped and changed the direction of my life. I have had to learn to sit and let my girls do for me some of the simplest of things. Although I am normally a positive outlook person, I have had to face the question of why am I still alive and here? What good am I?
In my community and probably any chosen community you look at, there are those who are content and those who are worriers. There are those who are at peace and those who are tormented.
A quote from a book, something I have never forgotten: “…And when these old folks died, it was as if they had never been!” The challenge, no doubt, was about making a difference as a Christian disciple. Are we doing that?
Can Seniors Really Make a Difference?
I can think of at least five possible areas where those of us in the senior status can make a difference:
Knowledge and command of the Word.
Praying with confidence and conviction.
Possession of a true concept of God.
Living a life with a positive testimony.
Sharing our faith in simple confidence.
If your life during the week, between Sabbaths, is caught-up in uncertainty and worry that you might not really be saved, there are probably a couple of things that are causing you to think that:
You are relying on your feelings for assurance and not on what God has said, the promises He has made to you;
And, you have not overcome the indulgence of your old nature in self-condemnation.
Look at 1 John 5:11-13:
“And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.”
Only believers in Jesus Christ can know that they have eternal life. No other religion can make that claim, and their consciences will not give them the peace of God that comes with the certainty of knowing for sure.
If you have invited Him into your life, in sincerity and honest repentance, He will not fail to enter your life and live in you. The other point to master is believing God has forgiven you for your sins, past, present and future, because He says so in 1 John 1:9 (and other places), even though you may not feel like they are forgiven. Self-condemnation cannot refute the promises of God!
Now, a continuation of that context in 1 John, above, bears upon that second point of the five listed earlier. Read again 1 John 5:11-13, then go on to these next verses, 1 John 5:14-15:
“Now, this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
If we know that we have eternal life because we believe that God said so, then our confidence is emboldened to know He will answer our prayers that are according to His will. The two principles are inseparable—to know that you know that you know; that He is true to His Word which automatically carries over to your prayer life. It is not a principle that becomes a part of our lives “right out of the box,” however. And that is where that third principle comes in.
Having a true concept of God is foundational. We have to discard all false concepts that are rooted in our sub-conscience minds from non-biblical theories we have heard or what we have concluded because of those “impossible” laws of God — things we think we have to do or we will go to hell. That is exactly why Jesus came into the world, to be our Savior! Here is another verse that may clarify the issue:
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
That little two-letter word, “is” has a double meaning—that God exists, and that God is everything we would ever need. At the burning bush episode in Exodus 3, God told Moses to tell the Israelites His name is “I AM.” Ever-present and all that anyone would ever need, the source of all things—that is the God who IS!
Add to that, then, the latter part of the verse—He rewards those who follow Him in His righteousness and fellowship. God is a good God, and even the self-improvement gurus, who do not necessarily proclaim Jesus Christ as God, make that the first principle of maintaining a positive attitude.