Crowning Achievement

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation,

and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,

and they shall reign on the earth.”

Revelations 5:9-10

Sixteen years ago I sat in a Doctor’s office and got some life changing news. My then two year old son was autistic and would probably never graduate from High school. This was do to the severity of his autism. This May 31 2013 He will in fact get his High school diploma and will do it with honors to match. This is a major achievement in his life and one that I am proud to witness. It did get me to thinking about other achievements in the lives of God’s people. Graduation time is here and we mark the passage of one event to another with great celebrations. Regardless of what you have accomplished whether it is graduating to the next level of school, earning that college degree or other such milestones like confirmation, or getting married; these moments are times of reflection for us all. I think back on what my son has done and am amazed that he pulled it off. Soon I will witness the next stages in his life and the accomplishments of them as well. I also look for the accomplishments in my own life like turning 50 (still five years away) and wonder.

Our lives are filled with achievements, some small and some big. Each of us is growing in faith and learning more about the mission and purpose God has for our lives. This is important because there awaits a crowning achievement for us all. Someday we will all stand before the Lord and hear those wonderful words; “well done faithful servant” [Mathew 25:23] and the invitation to the feast of the lamb as well.

So if this spring is a time for celebration of a major event, Congratulations. I salute you on this major step. Still let us look forward to the crowning achievement in our lives of eternity with our Lord Jesus Christ. Not because of all things we have done, but or what Christ has done on the cross for us.

 

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