I was honored, or to use the current cliché, beyond honored, last week to give the baccalaureate address at Liberty University, and I was humbled that the school would bestow upon me an honorary doctorate. I told the students I felt like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. The moment it was awarded to me, I suddenly got smarter. I felt it. The first words that came to mind were, “the square root of the hypotenuse of a right triangle is equal to the sums of the square roots of the remaining sides.”
Well, I’m hopeful the rest of what I told Liberty’s Class of 2014 was more helpful.
My advice to the graduates actually can be summed up in two words: “Follow Jesus.” Obviously I said more, but everything I did say came back to those two words.
I told the graduates that, from my perspective, it seemed like only minutes had passed since I was in their position. Therefore, before they knew it, they’d be fifty years old themselves.
I said that not to depress them, because I myself actually like being fifty, but to remind them that our time on Earth is short, and what’s more, we are aware of its fleeting nature. It can hardly be otherwise, as C. S. Lewis said, because we were not made for time but for eternity, which is outside of time. Thus time feels strange to us.
The question then is this: What are we to do in the midst of this strange sojourn? We are to redeem the time we’ve been given. Every single day and everything we do counts because we are not our own. Our money, our families, our talents, and even our time are not our own. Because we’ve been bought with a price: The suffering and death of the perfect Son of God.
Our lives must be an expression of gratitude for what God has done for us. I’m not talking about a dour religiosity, but a life lived in the full and joyful realization that doing the Father’s will, as Jesus did, is the only true source of happiness and fulfillment.
I told the soon-to-be graduates that God had invited them on a grand adventure: to join Him and His Son as soldiers in the war against sin and rebellion and darkness using the weapons of love.
In other words, to be the Church.
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines
Eric Metaxas, BreakPoint