Reminders for Graduates

Colossians 2:6-7

For those of my generation who do not, and cannot,
comprehend why Facebook exists:

I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while
applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk
down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how
I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before,
what I will do later and with whom.

I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me
gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the
lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around
town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and
everybody does every day.

I also listen to their conversations, give them the “thumbs
up” and tell them I like them. And it works just like
Facebook.

And, I already have four people following me: two police
officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist.

This morning we are honoring our seniors who are graduating
from High School. This is a busy season of life and one
marked with many changes, challenges and questions. I’d
like to spend some time this morning sharing 4 Reminders for
Graduates. Don’t tune me out thinking that this sermon won’t
apply to you since you aren’t graduating this year.
It’s God’s word so it will be relevant to you as well!

Our text is found in Colossians 2:6-7

Paul didn’t start the Colossian church, his buddy Epaphras did
But the church knew of Paul and respected him.
This letter is to remind the church that they don’t need
anything else but Christ in their life despite the teaching of
some heretics that were teaching false information.

Paul’s first instruction to the believers at the Colossian church
is to walk in Christ by faith.
He writes it this way, “Therefore as you have received Christ
Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” v.6

Remember Who you are walking with
Our graduates are about to walk the stage.
They will cross over from one stage of life to the next.
The point Paul is making is that they continue to walk with
Christ as they did when they first believed – in faith.

I’d like for each of us here who have a relationship with Christ
to think back to the moment we surrendered to Christ. You
confessed your sin and received God’s mercy and grace. God
made you a new creation.
As we think about who we are walking with, we are walking
with the one who created the heavens and earth with His
voice. He is the author and perfecter of our faith.

The word walk means to move forward with our feet, but it
also means to live. What Paul is saying is – keep living your
life like you did when you first met Christ. Keep that same
zeal, that same passion, that same joy and live it out for
others to see.

When we first learned to ride a bike you had to keep moving,
if you stopped pedaling you would fall over. It’s the same
thing in our spiritual walk. We have to be constantly walking
with God and moving forward. If we aren’t moving forward we
are moving backwards. If we aren’t growing we are shrinking.
We don’t have to sprint, but we do have to keep moving,
striving together with Christ.

Also, remember we are walking with Christ, we aren’t walking
through life alone. He is right there with us.
Throughout every stage of our lives, He is with us to guide us,
comfort us, correct us, etc.

Remember your Roots

Paul writes that believers have been firmly rooted in their faith.
They know the truth.
They know what they have been taught.

Paul was aware there were some heretics that had crept into
the church teaching that they had some special knowledge
that no one else had. Others were teaching that all flesh is
corrupt and God was only spirit, not flesh.

Paul’s point is that if we remember our roots, what we’ve been
taught, we won’t be swayed by persuasive arguments. If we
don’t know what we believe we could take anything that is
said as truth.

Andrew and Jackson have been taught the truth.
They have had several good teachers who have trained them
up and given them sound Biblical teaching.
They know the truth.
Now they just have to remember their roots.
Our roots nourish us, they provide us strength.
They also keep us grounded.
When storms come our roots help us stand where we are
without being moved.
Think of a tree that has been through many storms. It can
withstand a lot of wind and rain and hail because it has deep
roots to hold it steady through the tough times.

Jackson and Andrew, you are going to meet people who will
lie to you and try to get you to compromise your beliefs, but
remember your roots and stand firm with the one who is
walking through life with you.

Remember your Foundation

Paul says believers are now being built up in Him and
established in your faith.

Paul knew the believers were taught that Christ is the
foundation of their faith. He is the cornerstone.
Those who build their life with Christ as the base will not be
moved.

Jesus taught about the wise and the foolish builders.
The foolish man built his house on the sand, the wind and the
rain came and the house went splat! It didn’t have a firm
foundation.
The wise man built his house on the rock, the wind and the
rain came and the house stood where it was.
Those who build their life on the firm foundation of Christ will
not be moved.
You have the foundation of your faith, now you should be
working on building upon that foundation, being established in
your faith. It’s time to move away from drinking the milk of the
word and getting spoon fed to eating the meat of the word.

When you move to college there won’t be anyone there to
wake you up and tell you to get ready for church. You will
have to do that on your own. It’s your faith, if you feed it you
will grow, if you starve it you will shrink. Remember your
foundation and grow your faith. Become stronger so that
nothing can move you.

This reminds me of Paul’s words to the church at Corinth.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast,
immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” I
Corinthians 15:58

Remember to have Gratitude

Paul says the believers are overflowing with gratitude.
Picture a river during a flood, water flowing over the banks
unable to be contained.
When we first received Christ, we took a drink of the living
water, the water that gives us life.
Our river should never run dry. We should be constantly going
to the source of the living water in thankfulness for the grace
and mercy He has given us.

And we should also give thanks to those in our lives who are
important to us. Y’all are about to have to write a whole bunch
of thank you notes for all the graduation gifts you will receive.

Why not take some time to say thanks to the people close to
you who mean the most. Write them a note, send a text, call
them and tell them how much they mean to you.
Be living for thanksgiving!!

APPLICATION

Fix Your Eyes on Christ

Walking with Christ will help keep our focus on what matters.
People will fail us, Christ will never let us down.

Focus on Growth

We should always be learning and striving to grow closer to
our Lord who loves us.