Congratulations ABCU Graduates!
Life is marked by milestones, and one of the greatest milestones at ABCU is the Day of Commencement-- a day that marks the end of studies for our graduating seniors and the beginning of a new God-given purpose in their lives as they go out into the world.
Twenty-two students graduated on May 5th. Each cohort year is given a name and this year's graduating class was given the name "The Class of Surprise" because of the large number who returned to ABCU after the Ebola Epidemic had swept through Liberia. They were a class who "put their faith into action to see God in motion!", because it was still dangerous to return to school. Each classroom had a bucket of bleach and water to wash hands.
Last year's commencement speaker was Her Excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia.
This year's commencement speaker was Kendell Kauffeldt, who is Liberia's In-Country Director of Samaritan's Purse. He spoke on the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25:14-30. He pointed out that each one of us are not equal in terms of gifts, talents, and responsibilities entrusted to us by God. We are all different, just as one servant in the parable received five talents, the next two talents, and the last servant was given only one talent to invest on behalf of the Master until his return.
Similarly, our talents are different. They could be divine appointments, opening our mouth to talk to others about Jesus so the lost can be saved, using our gifts for God's glory, being a servant reflecting the love of Jesus to the poor, the down-trodden, the sick, or those imprisoned.... Like the three servants in the story of the Parable of the Talents, we are each given different tasks to perform for God's glory.
The question is: Are we living our life by serving God or are we living it for ourselves? What are we doing for our Master until he returns? What eternal investment return are we making on His investment in us? Are we in Christ with a servant heart and with the mind of Christ?
As we prepare to meet our Master, will we hear the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant" or the condemnation "You wicked and slothful servant!”
Commencement is a new beginning. With God's help, grace, strength, and power may all our graduates serve the King of Kings, our Lord Jesus Christ and hear his words, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" To God be the honor, glory and the power, Amen.