Can you imagine going to school to get your college degree, how ever many years it has taken you, and then being told you will not be allowed to graduate? I heard of an instance of this happening this past week. There was a problem with this individual’s paper work for the last semester of school. The work time (total number of hours for clinicals), which was submitted was not accepted by those in authority. For whatever reason, they questioned what was submitted. The way I understood it, they have the authority to dismiss this individual as a result of unethical behavior. They will have the opportunity to appeal this decision. If the appeal is lost, they are out of this program. Can you imagine the disappointment this individual must be facing?
I thought of an even bigger “graduation” that all of us will face. That graduation will be the day of judgment. Some will have finished in a few years, while others have been working toward “graduation” for a long, long time. In the secular school, most of those who thought they had completed all the work for graduation were successful. They received their degree. When it comes to the spiritual graduation, Jesus said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:21-23). Earlier he had stated, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”(Matthew 7:13, 14) It would be a great disappointment to think you had finished all of your work to receive a degree from a university, and then not receive it. It will be a far greater disappointment to think you have been doing God’s will, only to stand in judgment and realize that you have not been doing so at all. Think of the consequences of not doing God’s will (depart from me… destruction).