I am a firm believer that there has been no greater hour for the worldwide church than right now! There are things happening in the spiritual and in the natural realm that our forefathers only dreamed of. Dreams that Africa would be declared a Christian Continent, that Europe would be awakening to the good news of the gospel once more, and that America would be longing for reconciliation, righteousness, redemption and revival.
Men and women stand on an even playing field when delivering the gospel message. It was Jesus himself who was the great equalizer and elevator to the cause of women's freedom from oppression and the understanding that women have a distinct calling and destiny written upon their lives, just as men do. Whatever God has put in your heart to achieve to advance the Kingdom of God can be done! It's a miraculous time to be alive.
I see what is happening. I see young people rising. I see generations accepting the call of Christ and going places I could never go. I see creatives being unleashed on the planet to do what I could never do. I cheer them on! Instead of fighting feelings of jealousy, I generously serve their passions; their vision. As an older leader, that is my calling. That is part of my calling, that is.
However, I must be aware. The enemy of my soul would seek to have me diminish my capability with thoughts of inability. I'm too old. I'm past my prime. I have nothing more to give than to cheer on the younger. I can't keep up with all their new ways of doing things. The enemy seeks to silence me. To have me turn off the creative flow in my brain and accept that it is finished. Time to hang it up. Time to retire. No more influence, no more passion, no more fight.
But here's the truth.
The younger generations cannot be fully who they are designed to be without the older. We need a power-packed combination of all generations who can work together, using all our strengths, all our skills, and accomplish together, things that have not yet been seen upon the earth!
When Joshua was over 100 years old, the Lord said to him, "You've had a good, long life, but there is a lot of land still to be taken." Joshua 13:1 (Message) No excuses, Joshua! Get up and move ahead!
Could God be saying the same thing to you today? Maybe you have had a good life, maybe you have accomplished great feats of glory for the Lord. Or perhaps you have regrets. You weren't bold enough. You didn't bravely step out enough. God says, THERE IS STILL MORE LAND TO BE TAKEN!!!
In the next chapter of Joshua we get a glimpse of old Caleb. He declared, "I'm as strong as I was the day Moses sent me out. (45 years earlier.) I'm as strong as ever in battle, whether coming or going. So give me this hill country that God promised me." Joshua 14:12 (Message) Caleb was 85 years old! Can't you just see him, fist in the air, "GIVE ME THIS HILL COUNTRY!" There was still fight in him. He wasn't finished!
We dare not give up before our time is up! There is more territory the Lord has promised us, and He is giving us the strength to go get it! His promises have no expiration date on them. What has he promised to you that you have relinquished to the next generation? I want to see my city saved. My city belongs to the Lord. He said ask of me and I will give you the nations, first, I ask God for my city! (Fist in the air,) "GIVE ME THIS CITY!"
If I become silenced out of fear of being too old, out of date, no longer able, laughable, or feeble, handing the vision off to the next generation, I'm fooling myself. They are not ready! They are in the preparation stages, needing desperately to see a generation who will not give up. God still needs me! God still needs you to pick up the sword and boldly show the younger generation what it looks like to take ground. Let there be no gaps in leadership because we chose to quit early.
"The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment].
[They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him." Psalm 92:12-15 (Amplified)
You are not past your prime. You are in your prime. When you are a righteous follower of Christ, this promise is for you! You will continue to grow in grace and not be stagnant. You shall be full of vitality. You are a living memorial to the faithfulness of God! God still speaks. God is ready to use you again. So the next time the enemy tempts you with words of discouragement, telling you that you are past your prime, remind yourself that you are just getting started!