“Alright, I’ve got something to say
It’s better to burn out than fade away!”
I can’t believe Def Leppard agrees with the Apostle Paul! Those words which I found at the beginning of their song Rock of Ages reminded me of the challenge of both the life and the words of the Apostle.
Several days ago, I watched a Francis Chan sermon (I’d rather watch sermons than television). After applying the text to the young people in the audience, he focused on the mature. While doing so, he admitted that he personally did not know many older Chrisitians who were truly wholeheartedly devoted to Christ. Although he did not mention Caleb, I am drawn to him as I consider the truthfulness in Chan’s observation.
We remember Caleb as the young spy with Joshua who exhibited great faith in God. But the Bible also informs us that Caleb’s YHWH-fueled faith and courage continued as he aged. Probably in advance of sixty years, Caleb is found still active on behalf of God and country (Joshua 15)!
Do you see any “fade away” in the person of Caleb? Not at all! The same is true of the Apostle Paul! Neither coasted into eternity.
Do you desire to coast into eternity?
Many of you don’t want to do so! You want to continue to make a difference in the lives of others until you breathe your last breath. Some of you actually desire to grow in your ministry effectiveness as you grow older. That’s awesome!
My encouragement to each of you today is simple. And, it is stolen from the words of a strong finisher.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).
Friends–let’s turn every gray hair into another opportunity to do good. Let us always be abounding in the work of the Lord–even as our physical bodies begin to grow weary.
Without a doubt, it is better to burn out than fade away!