The Ballad of the Willing (Judges 4-5)
“In the districts of Rueben there was much searching of heart. Why did you stay among the campfires to hear the whistling for the flocks? … Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan. And Dan, why did he linger by the ships? Asher remained on the coast and stayed in his coves.” Judges 5:15-18
For a while now I’ve been troubled about my own generation, about how many of us languish in spiritual retirement. I’ve never heard anybody actually say this, but it seems like a critical mass of us are whispering to ourselves, “I’ve paid my dues and worked hard for God in my youth. Now I deserve a rest. Now it’s the responsibility of the younger generation to carry the ball a while like we did.” They seem as tired of kingdom work as tired from it.
Some rationalize that since much of the work of the Lord they did was for the wrong motives, they are justified in staying as far from the work as possible. In hindsight they come to the conclusion that they served their egos more than the kingdom. They did what that pastor asked (or mandated) instead of what the Lord led them to do. Some of them neglected their families or their health for the work of the Lord, but rather than adjusting their motives and priorities they took an early retirement from the work. Read more of this post