“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
How are seniors in churches perceived? One perception I hear is, “I can’t wait to retire so I can travel and play games like our seniors do.” Another is that seniors do very little, assuming that because they are retired from their vocational labor, they have also retired from spiritual labor. Or, that they are too old to serve at church. There is always a little truth in perception, but if one broaden their scope they might be surprised by what they see.
Seniors at my church are examples, not of those who use their “freedom” as “an opportunity for the flesh,” “but through love serve one another” in ministry. Here are some examples in how our seniors serve through love:
- Sunday school (teaching children and adults)
- Worship and media (singing in choir, lights, cameras, graphics, instruments, serving and prepping communion, stuffing worship folders, and greeting)
- Hospitality (cooking, cleaning, waiting on tables)
- Caring (visiting, praying, preparing and delivering meals to shut-ins, widows/ers, and those who are sick)
- Memorials and funerals
- Missions (personal, local, and global)
- Biblical counseling
- Retirement centers (leading singing, teaching, visiting, praying)
- Major outreach events
- Community Groups
These are just some of the areas from the top of my head that I can think of. The amazing part of their service is that many have been serving for decades simply for the glory of God. I thank the Lord for all these seniors who choose to use their freedom to honor the Lord and who demonstrate love by serving the body of Christ.
I close with this final note. The Apostle Paul expresses through exhortation that if you are able and not serving, find a place to serve. Not only will you be glorifying the Lord, but you will be loving His church. Start using your freedom in Christ to serve and love others today.