Lately I have been working on a sermon series for September on work. As I have been reflecting on what Scripture might teach us about work and speaking about that within my local congregation, I have had to wrestle with the reality that a majority of the adults in my congregation are near or beyond retirement age. This has pushed me to ask, what does Scripture have to say about work in our later years in life? Is there such a thing as retirement for citizens of God's Kingdom?
One of the few texts that has haunted me in my reflections is Luke 12:13-21. This man worked and managed the resources available to him in a manner consistent with how we prepare for retirement. What other texts might instruct me in my thinking? How ought we order our lives as Christians on the issue of work in our later years?