Thinking Biblically

When it comes to the issue of retirement, there’s not much in the Bible. And no surprise there, because it comes from a very different culture to our own.

However, the Bible does have lots to say about how we should live at any point in our life – which includes, of course, the years when we are retired and active.

The words of St Paul to the Philippians are relevant here – ‘Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed … continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.’ (Philippians 2:12)

Wrapped up in the call to ‘continue to work out your salvation’ in the context of life after work, there’s the expectation and encouragement to –

Nurture our faith – letting the garden of our soul flourish and grow deep roots

Share our faith – with gentleness and wisdom, helping others hear our story and meet its source.

Meanwhile we can be confident in a promise from some other words of St Paul to the Philippians – ‘I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ’. (Philippians 1:6)

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The word retirement is not even in the Bible. What is taught in scripture is transition. There is nothing that says you work most of your life and then get to be selfish for the next 20 years"

Rick Warren, PurposeDrivenLife