“As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then,
even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.” Joshua 14:11 KJV
This month’s article might sound controversial (what else is new?) By now, you are probably used to
me going against the grain). Unfortunately, it appears, the Church unwittingly accepts the world’s view
without questioning or subjecting it to the wisdom of God”s word. One of such is the concept of
retirement. Checkout the dictionary meaning before you jump on my case.
The concept of retirement is man-made and it is ungodly, it means the end of useful productivity
past your best. Is that what you want for yourself? Of course not! So, you need to be careful,
because your life will always produce your dominant thought. Think and talk retirement and you will
become redundant eventually.
“They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.” Psalms 84:7 KJV
This concept of retirement is alien to the Bible. Everyone and anyone that has ever been of use to
God remained productive till the end; search Genesis to Revelation. Paul was advanced in age when
he wrote the letter to Philemon, and that was not his last. John had the vision for the book of
Revelation when the world tried to retire him on the Isle of Patmos.
Joshua refused to slow down because he had a promise; he outlasted 10 of his colleagues. They died
in the wilderness and he entered the promised land. Interestingly, even after 40 years he was still up
to the task. He had what I call the ’complete cycle accomplishment’. He had the strength to go out to
war and to bring back the spoil. He took on giants that lived in mountains. What a guy! (Joshua
“And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural
force abated.” Deuteronomy 34:7 KJV
Moses was full of energy and could see clearly at the age of 120 years when God finally took him. My
question is what did he need all that energy and fitness for? (Something for you to think about).
Whenever I bring up this point about Moses, the response I get is that Moses was special. But then I
point out that he operated under an inferior covenant compared to ours (Matthew 11:11)
“Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not
enquire wisely concerning this.”Ecclesiastes 7:10 KJV
Those who retire talk about ’the good old days’, they believe they are past it. This is unfortunate,
because the reality is our best days are always ahead of us. Ecclesiastes 7:10 says, it is not wise to
say that your past is better, because in doing so you deny yourself an exciting future. What you have
achieved, it is important to remain Green and Growing! There are many more mountains to
conquer, our future is so bright that they would need to squint not to blinded by the light.
This acorn is going to grow into a might oak. A little shall become a thousand and a small one STRONGNATION!
Revd Dr. Femi Bosun Idowu
Lead Pastor, NCC StrongNation