Graduations make me sad – they usually mark separation. A child finally spreading wings, and off they go.
As a Jesus follower we all have an ultimate graduation day – only no longer a separation, but a reunion. A homecoming to beat all and words of affirmation like no other: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21 NIV)
We spend a lifetime preparing for graduation to eternity. But the preparation isn’t for a better position, a higher degree, or to make others proud. It’s about living on purpose, answering a higher calling, and finally finding humbleness.
Our classroom is life and the teachers are hard lessons. Late night cramming is done on our knees. Good grades are joy in the midst of life’s challenges and peace that passes understanding. There’s only one textbook, it’s filled with all the answers. The more we study it the more we learn. Every time we review it, there’s something new we missed before.
“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6 NIV)
We’re all at different points in our pursuit of life’s biggest graduation. Sometimes a new believer is a prodigy skipping preschool and heading right into college in their walk with the Lord. Sometimes a lifelong believer is still in kindergarten relying on the Teacher to show them one more time how to trust and give grace. Sometimes we have to repeat a grade or two.
The great news is God is the only one we’re accountable to and He isn’t keeping a grade book. Every time we lift up our eyes to Him, send up a prayer, fall on knees with no words, or pick up the Word and search it diligently He’s right there. Delighting in us at every turn, at every surrender. Each selfless act doesn’t gain us a higher mark, it gives us more peace. Each royal mess up doesn’t keep us from spending forever with Him, it helps us realize our dependence on Him.
We are instructed: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 NIV) And with our fellow classmates “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV) Class of Forever, persevere.
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