One of my great joys as a Student Pastor is graduation day. I’ve been to countless graduations during my time in Student Ministry and each school does theirs just a little bit different (or quite different) compared to others. I enjoy the valedictory speeches and am always impressed by the creativity and individuality students display when walking across the stage to receive their diploma.
One of the messages I try to communicate to our graduating seniors is that just because they graduate from high school, they should not graduate from their faith. How does that happen? Deuteronomy 11:18 says, “You shall, therefore, lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” How does someone not graduate from their faith? According to that verse, they continue to read God’s Word. They focus on it, study it, memorize it, and apply it. There are many ways to not graduate from your faith but this is a big one.
My prayer for our church is that:
1. We would be students of God’s Word and spend time in it each day
2. We would make our individual pursuit of Jesus Christ intentional and passionate
3. We would focus on God’s desires and His plan for His Church
Just as a teenager doesn’t attend school once and then receive their diploma, we can’t expect to grow in our faith by only opening our Bibles on Sundays. We need to “feed ourselves” throughout the week. Join me in committing to pursue Jesus and His Word this summer First Denton!