Pastor Brian: Good morning. Each of our graduates has worked most of their lives to reach this important day. While part of today’s service is aimed at this notable milestone, we also recognize that today has greater significance to our graduates and their families. Today you are taking the next step in your walk with Christ.
Some of you have attended this church since birth, while others came later. Regardless, the members of Bent Creek Baptist took a vow to assist your parents in raising you to respect God and believe the teachings of the Bible. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up your children in the way they should go, and even when they are old they won’t turn from it.” Ultimately, this responsibility lies with the parents.
Yet, one of the most difficult things for Christian parents is to accept that our children don’t belong to us. They belong to God. He bought them at a cost just as He did the rest of us.
How much more valuable are our children when viewed from this perspective? If my son’s value is based on me then his value is limited, but as a possession of the King his value is limitless. Through His divine plan God has given us the privilege and responsibility of having our children for a season and has instructed us to use the time we are given to teach them to love Christ. Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
I like the image of my children being arrows in my quiver and a gift from God. It’s my obligation to point them toward the Lord and shoot straight so they follow a righteous path. Anyone who has shot in the woods knows that glancing the smallest twig will deflect the arrow, causing it to miss the target. As parents, our aim must be true, and focused on the bulls eye — which is the Lord and the focus of our endeavors. Where will your arrows be aimed when you release them?
Trust me when I say, especially the parents of young children who are here today, time is fleeting. Use your time wisely. It seems like only yesterday that my son stood with both feet in my hand as I held him off the floor. Now he can pick me up.
All of us who are parents of these graduates can remember seeing them born. We changed diapers, saw first steps, and heard first words. We nurtured and encouraged them and witnessed successes and failures. We sacrificed and laughed and cried with them, all in an effort to prepare them to step out on their own. We did things to strengthen their bodies and their minds, and we taught them to deal with money and relationships and how to be part of a team. The most important thing on our minds however, was that when they left our care they would be secure in their relationship with Christ. Our ultimate success is measured by this goal alone.
Graduates, it was for that reason your parents chose to bring you to this church. And here we are on this day. Just as your schools will recognize your academic accomplishments, we are here to recognize your accomplishments in your relationship with Christ. The diploma you will receive from your school is signed by the principal and will open doors to college and business; but with your name written in the Lamb’s book of life, the door to heaven is open to you. And how much better is that than all the riches that might be obtained through the education you have received?
My prayer is that you will always be a tool for defending what Christ has given you and that you will glorify him with all your thoughts, actions, and deeds, and be Christian leaders in your homes, churches, and communities.
We are proud of our graduates. God bless you all.
- Daniel Bridges, Enka High School
- Andrew Crowell, Enka High School
- Will Davis, Davis 6 Academy Home School
- Vinicius De Freitas, Enka High School
- Ashley Jenkins, AC Reynolds High School
- Liza Jennings, TC Roberson High School
- Grace Kim, Asheville High School
- Justin Shelmadine, Enka High School