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Topic: GRADUATE (08/01/19)
- TITLE: Graduating Decisions
By Joanney Uthe
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As early as kindergarten, the kids chant the year they will graduate from high school at every school meeting. This fall, the kindergarteners will learn to look forward to 2031. Later, this same chant will be used at high school pep rallies and games. The goal of every student is to graduate.
As graduation draws closer and closer, the focus for many students turns to what they will do after graduation. The decisions they make regarding what life will hold after obtaining this goal often changes how they go about the goal of graduation. For some, graduation itself is the only goal and their lives change very little because of that decision. They take only the classes required, and the easiest or most fun options available. They study only enough to pass and to graduation. Perhaps they are already working part-time in a job that they plan to continue after graduation, or perhaps they haven’t decided where they will work, but know they won’t continue their education.
Others take harder classes. They make studying a priority. Their goal goes beyond graduation to getting into the college of their choice. In essence, their goal is another graduation before getting the job they want. Their lives are changed by what it takes to make their goal and the decisions that they must constantly make to reach it.
We all make decisions on an everyday basis as to where our lives will turn. I once heard a speaker say that we are always one decision away from changing our lives. This is especially true when it comes to the most important of life’s decisions. For many students who do not know what they want to do after high school, no decision is a decision against attending a large university, at least right out of high school. They realize too late that their grades and other life choices are not enough to get them in. Likewise, a non-decision for Christ is a decision against an eternity with Him.
Others do make the decision to accept Jesus, but they do not follow Him. They are like the student who takes the harder classes, but does not make their studies a priority beyond doing the necessary homework. A decision for Christ that does not make Him a priority may lack a realization of who Jesus truly is and a desire to know Him. These Christians are not being “transformed in their mind” to be more like Christ. Instead, they continue to live their lives as if they had never made a decision at all.
We all have seasons of life, hopefully short ones, where we try to do things on our own. Through our own power. Following our own will. In bondage to a particular sin for which we minimize the effect on our lives.
But just like the student studying to get into a good college, or working towards a degree, who gets a low grade on a test, God sends us wake-up calls to get us back on track. It may be a major life change, or a simple reminder through a friend, sermon or song. Like the student who then refocuses on their studies, we then make the decision to turn back to God. To seek His Will, to spend time in prayer and His Word, to surrender the sin that we cling to. While the decision to turn our lives over to Christ and become His followers is a one-time decision, the decision to follow Him is a daily, hourly, and sometimes every minute decision. As our pastor said in a sermon, “Becoming a follower of Jesus is not simply a one-time decision. It is a one-time decision that changes every decision for the rest of your life.”
We do not graduate from following Jesus. There is a graduation from following Him on earth, with the goal of then spending eternity with Him forever. The better we know Him during our journey here on earth, the more glorious that goal becomes.
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