Retirement provision is something that confuses many Christians. The “rules” about retirement have changed over the years and many Americans are realizing they didn’t save enough to maintain the lifestyle they pictured.
Almost a quarter of all retirees are worried that their savings will run out and not saving for retirement soon enough is the number one financial regret of all Americans. The options for retirement accounts alone can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve worked for several employers. As a country, we have developed a mania about retirement - how much you need, when to retire, and what your life past 65 should look like.
Not surprisingly, what Scripture says and what the world says about retirement are two very different things. The world says retirement is when we deserve to enjoy ourselves - to sit back and take it easy after working hard for 40-50 years. But the Bible is clear that work is a good thing. Our potential in the workforce and the Kingdom doesn’t stop at age 65. God gave Adam charge over the Garden of Eden before sin entered the world - work was blessing to Adam.