Lent 10 - The Timeless Call

Genesis 17:1-7

Abraham was 99 years old when God called him and made a covenant with him.

It is true that Abraham lived for longer than the average human today, but even he thought that he was too old to be of any use as a servant of God at his age.

I think that too often we let age define what we are able to do, especially when it comes to God's work in the world. We constantly hear people say, "I missed my opportunity to get involved in that ministry," or "I wish I had signed up earlier in my life so that I could have made a greater impact here."

It is never too late to answer God's call on your life. 

Even if you are only able to contribute to a certain calling for a few months or years, the influence that you make could have a lasting impact for many future generations. 

Abraham's main contribution to the story of God's people was that he was a pioneer for generations to come. Even though he doubted his ability, he was faithful to God's call on his life and his story is still being told to teach and inspire people today.

Do not let your age define your willingness to answer God's call. God can and will use you if you let Him. No matter your age, young or old, there is no better time to start than now.

If you don't know where to begin, start small and close to home. Teach your children and your grandchildren the many lessons that you have learnt. Share your stories and your love with your closest friends. 

As Mother Theresa was quoted as saying: 

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

Prayer: God of the ages, You never stop calling Your people to service. Thank you that age is not a limiting factor on our ability to serve You. Help me find ways to follow Your calling on my life, especially when I feel incapable. Amen.

Image Source: Daniele Pelusi


  1. Love the Mother Theresa quote.

    Hmm, the notion here from this blog, is that "calling" is only associated with ministry? I disagree?

    God can call us into anything....

    He may say at aged 60, become a police officer. (as bizarre sounding as that is!)

    1. I couldn't agree more! The article only mentions ministry once ;) You said it perfectly though, God can certainly call us into anything!


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