On Sunday, May 20th we will be honoring our graduating seniors during the morning worship service. This got me thinking about why we do this as a church. Why should the church celebrate seniors that graduate high school?
Some may think that it is important to recognize their accomplishment. This is true. The church should celebrate the accomplishments of its members. However, if we are not careful, these students may feel like this is the end of their spiritual journey. This might be one of the multiple reasons why only 20% of high school graduates stay in the church.
So, we still need a better answer for our question. Luke chapter 10 I think gives us a better picture of what is actually happening. After spending time with Jesus, learning from His teaching, and witnessing the miracles, Jesus sends out 72 disciples in pairs to other towns to do ministry and proclaim the gospel. Later on, these disciples return and report on all of the amazing things that God began doing through their ministry. This is why we celebrate these graduates. We are sending out our disciples into the world to do the work of the ministry. We are commissioning missionaries to the workforce, military, and colleges. If you see any of these seniors, pray that God would use them for the work of the kingdom.
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