I'm Sorry, But It is Not Over!

We had 5 graduates this year. This was part of the message to them and the church.

Proverbs 3:1-8 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

You’ve learned a lot from many teachers, including your parents and guardians that God gave you.

Now, you’ve become role models for many of the younger ones who look up to you. Do you realize that? You’ve become a teacher yourself! You should recognize the power of your influence you have on younger people and step up to the place of leadership. Always be a learner and continue to look for wisdom. When trials come your way, learn from them and use them to your benefit.

For instance, a school teacher injured his back in the summertime and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body for weeks. Fortunately, it fit under an over-sized shirt and was not noticeable at all. That fall, he transferred to a new school. On the first day of school, with the cast still under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in that school. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible. When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest. From that time on, he had no trouble with discipline in his class.

I know you guys are interested in knives. Take a lesson from knife sharpening: you’ve gained some knowledge…you’ve sharpened your edge…but don’t “fly off the handle” in the pride”; rather, whet the edge and keep your mind sharp! Many adults lose their cutting edge by not remaining learners, growing complacent, and ceasing to go forward.

John Adams, the 2nd president of the United States, said, “There are two types of education: One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live.”

Therefore, your education is not over. Here are the REQUIRED COURSES for life. They are required because you have no choice whether or not to take them.

1. The first course you are taking is LIFE - YOU HAD NO CHOICE - WHERE - WHEN - WHO PARENTS. Your parents and guardians had a choice, and they chose to love you and take care of you. Thank God for them and forgive them for their mistakes. Learn from the things they did wrong as well as from the things they did right.

Ex 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. (besides, you may have to move back with them)

2. The second course you YOU CANNOT AVOID is DEATH.
• (Hebrews 9:27) “IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE and AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT” If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you won’t fear this course.

3. The last course you cannot avoid is JUDGMENT. It will determine where you spend eternity, in Hell or in Heaven. Again, if Jesus Christ is your Savior, you will have an advocate at the judgment seat and He is also the Judge, who took your punishment.

Fortunately, there are some ELECTIVE COURSES you can take to prepare for these inevitable events.

1. You can choose TO BE SAVED OR TO BE LOST.
“God forms us. Sin deforms us. School informs us, but only Christ transforms us.” You can choose to be transformed by Christ, or to live a deformed life caused by the consequences of sin.

2 Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2. You can choose TO BE SPIRITUAL OR CARNAL. There are consequences for what you choose here as well as here-after.

Deut 30:19-20 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.

3. You can choose TO BE SCRIPTUAL OR LOGICAL. You get to choose God’s wisdom or man’s wisdom. I remind you 1Cor 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

4. You can choose TO BE SAFE IN GOD’S WILL OR LIVE ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN WILL. I must tell you that living according to your own will, will not bring you satisfaction and happiness in life.  King Solomon, richest man who ever existed, learned:

Eccl 2:11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Savior, I do not advise you to enter into the world on your own. It is a cruel, evil place, and you have an enemy waiting to attack you while you are not being protected by your parents or guardians.

1 Pet 5:5-8 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Give Jesus Christ your life by repenting of your sin and following Him in baptism. He will give you eternal life, protection, salvation, and walk with you through every trial of you face.

If you are a Christian, keep God first in your life. Read the Word daily and do what it says. Stay on the narrow road and walk in the Spirit. There will only be a few willing to walk with you, but remember, many are on the broad path and it leads to destruction.

Seniors, I wish we could remind you of these things every day, but you have reached the end of your adolescent education. You now have the responsibilities of an adult and must learn the truth of the words I have shared with you.

We congratulate you and we celebrate your accomplishments thus far. We love you, we will keep you in our prayers, and we stand ready to help you walk in this world. Anytime the world becomes overwhelming or confusing, there is no place like home and God’s church to get rest and refocus on the Truth.