Are We Supposed to Retire?
That’s a good question. Age sneaks up on us, and retirement is a chapter in life that many are unprepared for.
People in the world believe retirement is the time in life to withdraw from the demands of work and labor to pursue enjoyment free of obligations, commitments or worries. Fulfilling their desires is a reward for how hard they’ve worked. But, Hugh Welchel, Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work and Economics strongly disagrees. Welchel explains that the only thing looking like retirement in the Bible is found in Numbers 8:23-26. Here, God told Moses, that the Levites were allowed to work from 25 until mandatory retirement at the age of 50.
After their temple service, they were expected to mentor the younger men by providing wisdom and leadership gained through their experience. They were available to advise and counsel the younger generation.
Work is part of God’s design for man and each of us must redeem the time He’s given us to work as unto Him. As the Apostle Paul said, in Ephesians 5:15, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”
Welchel believes “Retirement may give…new ways of working toward the kingdom, be that in paid work, in relational activities, in voluntary commitment, or in the ministry of prayer.” Free from time constraints, we can pursue service in areas dear to our hearts, being productive as long as possible, faithfully living out each day to the glory of God.
My hope is that we number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Originally published on Handwriting on the Wall.