After yesterday’s sermon on the sacred quality of work, I received several questions about retirement. If we are designed for work and we will have work to do in heaven, how is a Christian to view retirement? Am I saying that we should never retire from our job and we should work till we die? Here are my thoughts.
The Christian views retirement as a shift in vocation rather than a retirement from meaningful work. Retirement may indeed provide more time for some of the things we enjoy (I hope to get to fish a little more often and do some more travelling), but it does not represent an exclusive focus on our own pleasure. 1 Timothy 5:6 says, “But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.”