Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Today’s Topic: Getting Younger
Today’s Text: Isaiah 65:20 (NIV) “Never again will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not live out his years; he who dies at a hundred will be thought a mere youth; he who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.”
Never say never.
We have been warned to be very careful how we use words that express absolutes – words like never and always. Sometimes these words are added to a statement as an emphatic expression of the truth. But for most of us, they are words that are used to try to make a point and convince others of something that we may not be convinced of ourselves.
For example, after being caught for the third time doing something wrong, little Johnny says to his father as the discipline is being enforced, “Daddy, I’m sorry. I’ll never do that again.”
Or how about the married couple that is in a heated argument, and neither one is staying on point. Soon one or both are saying, “You always…!”
The words never and always are valid words when used to express truth. In fact, the word never is used 315 times in the Bible, and the word always is used 129 times. In Deuteronomy 28:13 we read, If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
God is the God of absolutes. Everything He speaks is absolute truth. Everything He does is absolutely perfect. He never uses never inappropriately. He always means what He says.
As we look ahead to the coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ on earth the prophet Isaiah is given insight into its conception and culture.
- Jerusalem will be a delight to all the nations of the world rather than an enemy. (66:18)
- The wailing wall will become obsolete as God promises that the sound of weeping and crying will never be heard again. (66:19)
- Never again will a baby die. (66:20)
- There will always be prosperity (66:21-23)
- There will be perfect fellowship with God. (66:24)
- There will be perfect peace on earth. (66:25)
What a glorious Kingdom that will be, and all of those who by faith in Jesus Christ have been washed of their sin and born of the Spirit into the eternal family of God will be a part of it.
As I ponder the splendor of our eternal glory in Christ, something has become clear to me that is especially meaningful at this stage of my life. It’s in verse 20 which I posted above. In the earthly Kingdom of Christ, an old man will live out his years, and anyone under 100 years of age is still a youth. So here’s the thought that is dominating my mind right now – I’m not getting older, but I’m actually getting younger.
That is totally true if I consider it from God’s perspective. Of course, if all I see and confirm is the flesh, than I am getting older. But I can renew my mind so that I see what God sees – until I am 100 hundred I have not yet reached maturity. The Kingdom of God will be like the first 2000 years of earth’s history when people lived to be over 900 years old. Imagine that. According to Kingdom lifespans, right now I have only lived 6.5% of my projected life expectancy. My dad has lived less than 10% of His Kingdom life expectancy. This is incredible. At the moment of my death I actually become younger.
Now, for you theologians out there – LET IT GO! I know there are so many things wrong with the age arguments because all of us alive now will be raptured into our new glorified bodies before the Kingdom begins. But the point is this – there will be those who will live that long in the Kingdom, and the age we all are right now will be considered youth. So why not change your perspective on how old you really are and recognize that age doesn’t equate to value or usefulness. Come on, start thinking young again, and get busy for God.