“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. “ Ephesians 2:10
The term “walk” implies movement. Not a single action, but a series of actions carried out over time. We are to be continually engaged in the work that the Lord has for us here on Earth. He created us to be actively engaged in the world around us, bringing the hope and love of Christ to the hopeless and unloved. There is no indication that this journey has an end. No quota to fill. No years of service to receive our pension. No retirement age. Many believe that once they reach a certain age, they are entitled to stop working. They’ve put in their time. But the Kingdom of God not only needs, but requires those that are mature in the faith to be actively engaged with the younger workers in mentoring and service.
In the same way, many believe that exercise is for the young. I hear things like “I used to be able to do that”, or “I wish I could exercise but I just can’t anymore”. “It’s harder than it used to be.” As an aging individual, there are two reasons to fight this mentality. One is what was stated above. There is still work to be done. The aging population plays a pivotal role in shaping the generations to come, and they need to remain sharp and focused. Their physical health plays a significant role in this task. As we stated before, service is active, and requires work. Whether it is being able to stand for long periods of time without pain, carry out physically demanding tasks, or have the energy to display vigor and passion in your work, they healthier and stronger you are physically, the better you will be able to carry out the work that God has for you to do.
The second reason is stated right in the excuse, “it’s harder than it used to be”. When you are young, the muscles, tendons, and bones are naturally stronger, more flexible, and can handle the stresses put on them much easier. As you age, the muscles get weaker, the tendons and ligaments get drier and less pliable, and the bones get more brittle. Regular exercise combats all of these degradations of aging. You might have been able to get away with not exercising when you were younger, just relying on youth to protect you. But as an older adult it becomes not only recommended, but an absolute essential that you stay healthy and physically active. It is the only way that you will be able to stay strong, energetic, and pain-free, all characteristics of a vibrant life of service. Don’t throw in the towel. God still has much for you to do. Come out of physical “retirement” and get this journey moving again!
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:35-38.