Why would God allow Christians to become senile too?

Being reduced to a helpless state by senility is hardly the “abundant life” Jesus promised Christians, is it? Where’s the “inexpressible joy” from receiving the goal of our faith, too? And if you can’t experience the fruits of the Spirit anymore, what’s the purpose of being alive?

But what does “being alive” mean? Am I alive only when I’m consciously in charge of my thoughts and actions, or while my life is still under my control and my experiences are real to me?

That is not the definition of being alive in Scripture, however. We are only alive when God makes us “alive in Christ,” Ephesians 2:5, because up to that point we “were dead in our transgressions and sins,” verse 1. We died long before our bodies began to die and our minds began to deteriorate. We were already in a state of senility. Because of sin, our lives were already beyond our control.

But the good news is, Christ took that dead life of ours to the cross with him “and your life is now hidden with Christ in God,” Colossians 3:3. It doesn’t matter, therefore, what state of mind we’re in now, because “Christ is our life,” verse 4, meaning we have his life in us. So we may completely fall apart mentally and physically in this life but, verse 4, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”  We may go senile now but Christ will make sure we’re in top shape when he returns.

So whether our bodies die prematurely, suddenly, or after long and lingering suffering, the end result is exactly the same – “He (Christ) will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Corinthians 1:8. Senility is not something to fear or be ashamed of, therefore, because whatever state we end up in now Christ can still make it utterly blameless.

But why would God let us become senile in the first place, where it seems like we’re of no use to him or to anyone else? If God allowed it, though, there has to be a good purpose to it. Our senility may be of great use to someone else. Having to look after someone with Alzheimer’s takes a lot of care and self-sacrifice on the part of carers, which may be just the opening Christ can use to live his life of care and self-sacrifice in them.

God also promises in Romans 8:28 that no matter what happens to us, he’ll work it into something good. So if God lets us go senile, there will be good still being done.

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