01 Nov 2016

Thinking Differently About Retirement

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This work, “Numbers 8”, is a derivative of “Mount Moses” by Mohammed Moussa, used under CC BY-SA 3.0. “Numbers 8” is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by ICM Chelsea.

What are you looking forward to the most in your retirement? No more work? Quality time with the family? Finally going on that dream holiday? How about coaching and mentoring the younger generation or helping those who are in work?

In Numbers 8 the Levite workforce (not priests but assistants to the priests) were given their working age restrictions. God allowed them to start service at 25 and to retire at 50 (vv. 24-25). He even gave the provision for the retired Levites to continue helping the other serving Levites without doing the full work they did before (v. 26). Imagine that, wanting to carry on even though they were officially retired. Such was the privilege and joy of serving the Lord and their countrymen: they didn’t want to stop. One way they could help was by advising and counseling the younger generation. They could pass on their knowledge and experience while encouraging the young men.

Have you ever thought about coaching or mentoring the younger generation in your retirement? Like the retired Levites you have a wealth of wisdom to share that could be a blessing to others.

How about helping those who are in work? Today, God has blessed the church with the ministry of helps (1 Corinthians 12:28). You may not have the top job but you can help the one doing the top job.

How has the passion of the Levite workforce challenged you to think differently about your retirement?

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