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'I have finished the work which you have given me to do.' John 17:4 NKJV
Ants don't 'retire'. They have a job to do, whatever stage of life they're at. Ants literally die working. Please note: this does not mean we should be workaholics. The Bible doesn't promote a lifestyle that's dangerous to our health or makes us neglect loved ones. In fact, God set us the example of balance when he took six days to create the world, and then took time on the seventh day to rest.
Our contemporary idea of retirement is found nowhere in the Bible. As long as we're alive, God has work for us to do, whether we're young, older, a brand-new Christian or a lifelong believer. Jesus' ministry lasted three-and-a-half years, and at the end of it he said, 'I have finished the work which you have given me to do' (John 17:4 NKJV). Salvation is available to us because Jesus was a faithful labourer who stayed on the task until the job God had assigned to him was completed.
Rest and relaxation, and even retirement, are worthy and well-deserved rewards for a time (even a lifetime) of hard work. But the truth is, as long as we breathe God has something for each of us to do. And in fulfilling the tasks he's given us, we'll not only find joy and fulfilment, we'll bless those around us too.
So what now? At the end of each day, rest in God's presence. Thank him for the work he's set for you. Like your role model the ant, find something meaningful to do for him, whatever stage you're at.
Soulfood: Jer 51-52 Matt 7:1-14 Ps 137 Pro 15:15-17,