Dear Graduate

May 16, 2017

“Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order than I may gain Christ.” – Philippians 3:8

 

Dear graduate:

 

Here’s advice that likely won’t be scrawled in your congratulations cards: Lose it all.

 

For the sake of the Gospel of Jesus, lose it all.

 

You have gained many things, probably. And especially at this point in your life, you’re evaluating it all, adding it up. Your GPA, your popularity, your awards and achievements, your college choice, your relationships, your resume and career plan. It might be impressive.

 

But would you lose it all to gain Jesus?

 

Because knowing Jesus has “surpassing worth.” There’s absolutely nothing – nothing! – you can acquire in this world that has “surpassing worth.” Only Jesus.

 

So lose it all. 

 

Hold on loosely to everything except Jesus, and reorient your entire life around His mission. As you make every decision, ask: Will it make me know and love Jesus more? Will it make others know and love Jesus more?

 

Of course, losing it all doesn't make sense to many of your peers. Isn’t “gaining” supposed to be the next step in your life plan? Losing it all seems backwards; it’s foolishness.

 

Unless you've been swept up in the grace of God, demonstrated in the person and work of Jesus. Unless you’ve come to believe in the life-giving Gospel. Unless you have been freed from sin, moved from darkness to light, adopted as a child of God. If you have, then losing it all is the only response.

 

So, walk across the stage, accept that well-deserved diploma, turn the tassel on that silly hat.

 

And then lose it all.

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