As Caleb in the Bible aged, he became more reflective, more confident, and more involved. It's the exact opposite of what usually happens in church today. We have adopted a retirement mind-set in the church. When people reach a certain age I hear them say, “I've done my time.” They make it sound like serving in the church is a prison sentence. “I was in cell block N, the nursery. Served there for 24 years. Got paroled for good behavior.” Where did that concept come from?
In the Bible God didn't say, “Joshua, you are old. Go take a rest. You did your time.” He said, “Joshua, you are old, dude, but I still have work for you to do.” When Caleb turned 85 he wasn’t sitting there going, “I did my time.” No. The older Caleb got, the more he wanted to serve. Folks, listen. You haven't done your time yet! That’s impossible! Retire from your job but don't retire from serving Jesus. Caleb didn't. Neither did Joshua. And that is not God’s plan for you! If you've gotten into that rut of thinking you did your time, and you're just now coming to church and no longer serving, can I just say this to you? We need you in the game. There's still a place for you to serve.