13th September 2019

I’m Getting Too Old For This

“’Sarah your wife will have a son.’ Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, ‘After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?’”
Genesis 18:10b-12 (NIV)

“I’m getting too old for this” is one of the catchphrases from the Lethal Weapon movies, usually uttered by the protagonist Roger Murtaugh before a slew of explosions, gunfights and crazy stunts that define the series. It is a phrase that many of us can relate to – as we get older, we are often looking forward to more rest rather than another challenge.

In the UK, the average age of those attending church has steadily risen over the past few decades, and there are many questions about what the future of the Church is in the face of such demographics. Where are the young people? Where are those who will disciple the next generation? Who will pass on the faith?

Surely, what is required is a new David, a young charismatic leader who can fire up the next generation of Christians. God would not expect any of the aging church to be a part of the solution, would he? That would almost be laughable!

In our scripture today, this was Sarah’s response. Laughter. God could not be serious in suggesting that she, in her nineties, could bear Abraham a son? Sarah was so convinced she was barren that she told Abraham God was mistaken and that he needed a younger woman like Hagar to bear his son.

Yet God was not mistaken, and in spite of her age, Sarah gave birth to Isaac, and through her line the Messiah was born. For God, age is not a barrier, and we should not be surprised that the God who restores life to the dead can accomplish miracles through us.

Perhaps the future of the Church starts with us?

Our Father in Heaven, let us live out your will knowing that we can accomplish all things in Christ who strengthens us. Give us a passion and zeal for sharing the gospel of your Son, Jesus Christ, in every chapter of our lives.

Study by Gavin Henderson

About the Author:
Gavin Henderson is an Elder and the Operations Manager of the National Ministry Team for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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