Instead, Packer presents an entirely different view in which elders can become and be seen by the church to be a valuable resource, rather than an energy drain to the pastoral caregivers. He challenges us elders to continue to grow vigorously spiritually instead of relaxing, and challenges the church to find ways to access the gifts that we older folk may uniquely possess. As followers of Christ who have hung in over the long haul, our confidence in the goodness of God and His plan for us, our experience over a lifetime knowing Him and His faithfulness, and our firm hope in our secure future can serve as great encouragement to the larger church. Through intentional discipling relationships, within the context of community groups and in a myriad of ways, mature Christians who are finishing well have a lot to offer! In the process as we age, our joy, like that of Jesus himself, becomes complete.
I loved this book. Instead of feeling as though I were on a downward slide toward uselessness I felt the energizing upward call expressed so joyfully by C.S. Lewis in The Last Battle: “Come further up, come further in!” You can order the book online through Amazon or by visiting your local bookseller.