Graduate With Honors
“Man that is in honor, and understandeth not, is
like the beasts that perish.” Ps. 49:20
e are here to think, to understand, and hopefully,
to learn. The “honor” mentioned here is artificial and temporary. It
is conferred in and for time, but not for eternity. The honor here is
the one that is mounted on the wall in your office and received at the
college commencement ceremony. People call you “doctor.” The honor
here is the trail of abbreviations that follow your name as accolades to
your accomplishments. They are jewelry that will be removed by the
eternal mortician or angel that shall prepare you for the judgment.
As the nurse asks you to remove even your wedding
band before you go into surgery along with any other artificial
implements upon your person, so all “man-conferred” honors will be left
behind when we leave this place.
The words “your honor” will be left behind when the
judge goes to stand before the Judge of Judges. There will be no
Reverends in the rapture. There will be no “your majesty” except God’s
Psalm 49 describes how death will level the playing
field and how death is a portal, and like Jesus’ eye of the needle, it
will require us to squeeze through a another birth cannel with nothing
but our nakedness. All riches, glory, and honor are left for others.
The wise man will prepare his faith and his character for eternity.
Life, said Jesus, is not in what we have (abundance of things), but in
what we are. The title before or after our name may be what sinful men
think of us, but the only thing of value on that great day is what God
thinks of us. How much I made or did not make of this life will be
measured by how much I made of Him. Oh, you didn’t think of
Him today? Think again.