I am really enjoying the somewhat extended celebrations of my sixtieth birthday and am very grateful for all the cards, presents and good wishes I’ve received. Actually, of course, I don’t “feel a day older”, but have noted from Leviticus 27v3&7 that my value under the circumstances there described has now dropped from 50 to 15 shekels of silver – i.e. a 70% reduction!
There are, in fact, a number of us in CCBC who have reached / are reaching this particular milestone during 2019. Other than the above Leviticus references, there is one significant mention of sixty in the Bible. You may remember that, in the Parable of the Sower, Jesus describes seed falling on good soil producing a crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He says that this is a picture of the person who hears the Word of God, accepts it and produces a crop for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Clearly the ‘calculation’ of crop production can only take place at harvest time. However, is it stretching things too far to suggest that our spiritual fruitfulness should be continuing to increase throughout our lives as we grow older, even when we’re sixty and beyond (i.e. from 30 through 60 even up to 100 years old)?! Let us remember the Psalmist’s exhortation: “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in Him”” (92v12-15).
It is true that “there is no retirement in the Lord’s service”!
Peace and Grace