((Thanks to my friend, Pat Lofton, for the reminder.))

I'll be honest. I did not graduate at the top of my class.
In fact, I was so close to the bottom, my sheepskin had a tail.

I’d advise you graduates to keep your graduation gown.
It’s the only outfit you might not outgrow.

Graduation is when you separate the students from the “attenders”.

Mal 3:17-18
17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels;
and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked,
between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

When a diamond is brought out of the earth, it is black, crusty and ugly.
Then it is held to a grinding wheel time after time, after time, after time.
Then it is meticulously examined, and
faces the jeweler’s cutting tool.
This process may take months before the diamond is ever presented for sale.

Our Lord calls His people “jewels.”
When we first are saved, we are black, crusty and ugly with sin.
We are “washed” (1Cor. 6:11) in His blood and “sealed” (Eph. 1:13) in His Spirit.
Our names are written in His “book of life” (Philippians 4:3, Rev. 20:12) because He will
continually “perform” (Philippians 1:6) HIS work in us until our final graduation!

He is painstakingly polishing us, through every trial, until He will present the final product.
He is meticulously plaiting our tassel until the final graduation.

Remember, the chief characteristic of having faith is being faithful!

Christian, as you go through the “school of life,” remember
there IS a final graduation day!

That day, God will separate the servers from the attenders!

The tassel is worth the hassle!!

Love ya!