What it Means to be an Elderly Christian

Youth lends itself to the good Christian life. We look good, we’re athletic and healthy, have our whole lives in front of us, and we love God. We are in control and independent, we need no help to make it through the day.

We are also really good at pretending the above is true.

Young people, myself included, want to do their best to appear independent. We are good at convincing others (and ourselves) that we are making do on our own, but we’re lonely. In our efforts to remain independent, we have forgotten how to be dependent on a community.

The elderly Christian understands community. They have spent a lifetime walking with God and this lifetime of experience has helped them see more clearly who they are and how they fit into a community.

An elderly Christian has spent a long time walking with Jesus. They have been shaped by their Christian relationship and see the results of God’s work in them. They can see who they are. They can see that they are broken, sinful, in need of a savior. They can also see that they are loved, redeemed and improving. By God’s grace this has all been revealed to them. By their age they have become more comfortable in it.

The proper response to this example is for the young Christian to remain in the Lord.  It will not work out perfectly every day, or even any day. But then again, it did not work out perfectly in the 75 year old Christian’s life, but God was still faithful and so he will be faithful to the 20 year old that desires to follow Him.

When we have a better understanding of who we are in Christ, we then have a better understanding of how we fit into the Christian community. It is then with this refined sense of self that a Christian community can grow. The more I know who I am, the more I am able to find my role within a community and the more I am able to rely upon others.

With this new found self-knowledge I can better see how I fit into the scheme of things. Just as one gear in a machine works to turn other gears and is also turned by surrounding gears, I find throughout life how I help others and how others help me.

The young Christian that tries so hard to appear independent often does this by being one the one that serves others. It is very difficult for a young Christian to be able to accept service from others because we think that we ought to be able to help ourselves and not need the help of others.

But an elderly Christian has lived with God long enough to know that community is what has gotten them this far in life. Their self-knowledge allows them to see that they do need help, but that they can also help others. This interdependence is what drives a community, and the elderly know how to utilize this the best.

So, to the young Christian who wants to serve, remember that you have the ability to help an elderly brother or sister in Christ. You can simply be of company to an elderly Christian, be a helping hand in the kitchen or a friend that takes them to doctor’s appointments. Many things can bring you to their aide, but remember to stay a bit longer. Listen and watch. The elderly have a lot that they can offer to young Christians, whether it be words of wisdom or examples of love, do not overlook the ways that they can serve you. After all, it is the elderly who has mastered this best of all of us Christians.

They do not see it as their fault if they need help, rather they rejoice when they receive the aide they need. And when they can help, they do so readily.

The young Christian can look to this example and learn to know when they need help and when it is they can help others. Over time this process will become easier and easier because as a young Christian walks with God and sees themselves more clearly they will see how it is that they serve others and are served.

The Christianity of a 75 year old is not much different than the 20 year old’s Christianity. The only difference is that the longer cultivated community is richer in love. As a twenty year old Christian then, strive toward that love that can only come from such a long walk with God. Start by remembering that the 20 year old’s Christian community is the same one as the 75 year old’s.

  • Sarah Winkler

    Thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, with all thy heart…

    To die before dying, to be born again, this is why we were created.
    Do you love God? Do you also love those beloved saints of God who are in endless remembrance of God and have reached God?

    Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, – Colossians 1:4

    Have you ever wished to be like those beloved saints of God? Have you ever wanted to experience the love of God in its highest dimensions?
    Have you ever wanted your heart to burn with the love of God?
    Did you ever ask for God from God?
    Have you ever wanted to be God’s saint from the depths of your heart?
    Did you ever say “O Almighty God, I have come to You, please forgive Your helpless servant”?

    I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
    I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. – Psalms 119: 145-146

    I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. – Psalms 119:94

    Well, are you living the Bible that God has placed into the heart of our saviour Jesus Christ?
    The only thing that the Lord of all worlds wants from you is to be happy, only for you to be happy…
    Well, are you happy? Did you ever want to open the window and shout “I am happy”?

    Know that God says;

    Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; – Colossians 1:11

    So, dear brothers and sisters! For your happiness, to be the beloveds of God and burn with the love of God, to be a friend of God, there is only one thing you need to do:

    And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. – Luke 10:27

    “Wish to seek God!”

    But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. – Deuteronomy 4:29

    Love righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth: think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek him. – Wisdom of Solomon 1:1

    Wish, so God can make you amongst the beloveds of God. Wish, so you can taste that endless happiness and peace.
    If you make this wish from the bottom of your heart, you will be one of those who embrace God. God says those that wish to reach God are the ones who embrace God…

    Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. – Psalms 16:11

    Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. -Psalms 119:35

    But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. – Proverbs 4:18

    Dear friends, friends of my life, friends of my heart… God gives good news to those who wish to reach God!

    And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. – Luke 2:10
    The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; – Isaiah 61:1
    But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. – Romans 6:17

    So one wish provided that it is from the heart…

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. – Matthew 7:7

    Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts. – Proverbs 21:2

    Come on, now, my dear brothers and sisters! Let’s make this wish now from the depths of our hearts. Let’s wish to be in love with God. If you are ready to reach God then open your hands and cry (crying is the medicine for the heart) and say:

    “O Almighty God! I love you so much… I am in love with you… I adore you… Millions of saints have wished to seek You and You have delivered them to Yourself. Make me reach You. I want to reach You and burn with your love. I have come to your door, please forgive me. This helpless servant of yours is repenting and wants and seeks ONLY You, to reach You, to be one of Your beloveds. Please God, please!”

    If you have done this wish from the depths of your heart, according to the Bible, you have taken the first steps to becoming a friend of God…

    And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. – Deuteronomy 30:6

    Now, instead of an unhappy, desperate and troubled life, you will have a happy, peaceful and best of all a life with God, a life with love.

    For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

    Just like the lives of those saints…