Recently, my youngest child graduated from high school. Shortly thereafter, he held a senior voice recital and we provided a graduation reception for him. Very soon — the day after this article is published, in fact — we will celebrate his 18th birthday. As a parent, it is a blessing to watch him transition into adulthood. That transition brings to mind another one that lies ahead. I’m not talking about college graduation, although I do look forward to that day! No, the transition I’m thinking of is on a much grander scale.

The Bible is clear: One day each of us will complete our journey across the stage of life. That day can be thought of as a graduation day. It can be a day of honor, celebration and reward. On that day, these dying bodies of ours will be transformed into bodies that will never die (I Corinthians 15:54). Yet, just as one would not hold a senior recital without adequate preparation, we must prepare for our transition into eternity.

Jesus said that not everyone who calls out to Him, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. That transition, he says, will only be for those who actually do the will of His Father. They will be the ones who make the transition into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 7:21).

You prepare for your transition into the Kingdom of Heaven when you surrender the control of your life to Jesus and commit to follow Him. The Bible says it plainly, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, ESV). Jesus is our master teacher. Throughout your journey in life, simply do what He shows you to do. Live your life daily to reflect Him. In that sense, following Jesus is your senior recital! You apply his teachings and live for Him.

Believe, receive, commit and follow Jesus. It’s that simple. Salvation belongs to everyone who believes in Jesus, receives salvation, and follows Him. Happy graduation day. Let’s celebrate. You are invited to the transition party!

Clark Killingsworth is senior pastor at College Avenue Baptist Church, Normal. Contact him at cabc_clark@yahoo.com.

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