I have been greatly encouraged by reading the blog of “Aussie” John – “Caesura“. He describes himself in this way:
I’m an old Christian bloke, retired, through ill health, from being a teaching elder (pastor) amongst God’s called out people. I have seen my retirement as God’s gift of a caesura (a pause prior to an emphasis. see Wikipedia),and am looking forward to what He has in store.
Did you catch that? John is “retired” but looking forward to what God has in store. He recognizes that God still has a plan to use him. One of the ways that God is using John is to encourage younger (ahem…) men, like myself. First, John taught me the phrase “fair dinkem”. Now, in his latest post, which you can find here, he challenges me once again. Consider his final two paragraphs:
It’s encouraging to see that there seems to be a new generation of young men, who are seeking an honest, open relationship with congregational brethren, recognising that “the ministry” is not their exclusive province while the congregations remain passive soaks of pastoral wisdom. They are recognising that, as elders, they are part, but not the most important part, of the whole, and as such have no need to play the super-spiritual, pious giant among men.
I trust they are recognising that there is only one such indispensable person to whom they are to point all men and women, and even He “has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin”.
Take the time to read John’s entire post. Read about his journey and the wisdom that God has shown him in his 70 years (three score and ten). John is a good example of why God exhorts us through Scripture to follow those who are more mature and further along on the journey.