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A hammer can be used for lots of things but drilling a hole isn’t one of them. A fork is a super handy eating and kitchen utensil but I use a knife to cut up meat. Our little speed-way blue Toyota Matrix is a great car to get around in but I wouldn’t plow a field with it. My neighbor has an awesome New Holland tractor with all sorts of attachments. It mows, digs, discs, plows, augers, pulls, and even makes a great engine hoist, but I wouldn’t use it to drive across the country, it’s not what it’s made for.

What are we made for? What purpose do we serve? Why are we here? Is it just to survive; to propagate the human race? Are we merely accidental, the result of chance cosmological and biological processes, here today and gone tomorrow, and it really doesn’t matter much what we live for as long as we’re happy – good with it?

The truth is we anything but random and temporary, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1 (NASB). “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created” John 1:1-3 (HCSB). We exist because of God. We have life because of God, who created us “in His image” (Gen 1:17), to have a relationship with Him (John 3:16, Mark 12:30), and to honor and glorify Him, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created” Revelation 4:11 (NASB).

We are not meant to live for ourselves; we were not created for that purpose. We find true meaning, real fulfillment, lasting joy, everlasting life only if embrace Jesus Christ and live for Him, “For by Him (Jesus Christ) all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him” Colossians 1:16 (NASB, parenthesis mine).

Few things are more important than for whom and whose purposes we live for. Watching someone trying to plow a field with a car or trying to drill a hole with a hammer might make us laugh, however, living for anyone but our Creator, Jesus Christ, and not embracing His purposes and meaning for our lives is tragic. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done” Matthew 16:24-27 (NIV).

To God be all glory, love you, Pastor Hans

 

 

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Graduations, without a doubt Americans love graduations. When I first came to this country in 1976 I had never experienced anything like it. Robes, Mortar Board hats, Tassels, pageantry, speeches, dignitaries, the handing out of diplomas, it was all new for me. In the years since I have been to numerous graduations including those of my children from Elementary School, High Schools, Colleges, and Grad School. I have prayed at graduations, helped set up for graduations, and have cheered for graduates of all kinds.

Graduates have to have finished something, a course of studies or training. That’s why I am not quite sure about Pre-school graduations. What have these little tikes accomplished? What course of studies have they completed? Anyway, some graduate with honors. These are the ones who have excelled, have done more than the bare minimum, have worked hard. Others graduate by the skin of their teeth and with a considerable amount of anxiety, wondering if they have enough credits  or if they pulled it off at the last minute. Some just throw in the towel for a variety of reasons, some of them not being all to wise.

Graduating always entails graduating from (I am sure glad I don’t have to do High School over again) as well as graduating into a life with what you have graduated from has equipped you for. Graduations are also Commencements.

At some point we will all graduate from this life into eternity, “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV). At some God-appointed time our earthly lives will end. The question is whether or not we will graduate with honors, or barely, or not at all? Will you and I be prepared and ready, or will we be filled with anxiety, uncertainty, and regret? Will you be at peace or will you be riddled with doubt and fear?

The Apostle Paul and the men and women mentioned in Hebrews 11:1- 12:2 show us how to prepare for the most important graduation all, encouraging us and cheering for us to graduate with honors,  As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing” 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NLT).

Are you on course to graduate like that?

To God be all glory, love you, Pastor Hans

 

 

 

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