Referencing Hebrews 12:1-3, Danny Akin urged graduates of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to run the Christian race with endurance to the very end.
On May 10, 263 seminary and The College at Southeastern graduates walked across the stage of Binkley Chapel to receive their diplomas during their spring commencement ceremony.
“If you’re going to run the race well today [and] also finish well, I believe the Bible provides some real insight into how that can be accomplished in your life for your good but, ultimately, for our Lord’s glory,” Akin, president of SEBTS, told graduates during his address.
Akin provided three ways in which graduates are to live out the Christian faith.
First, Akin noted, graduates can be encouraged in their pursuit of Christ by looking to examples in Scripture of those who demonstrated great faith, as seen in Hebrews.
Akin spoke about Larry and Jean Elliot, graduates of SEBTS who were killed March 15, 2004, while serving overseas in northern Iraq. Noting their faith and willingness to serve Christ no matter the cost, he charged students to live with that same commitment to Christ.
“It is my prayer that, like Job, you will say, ‘Though he slay me, I will still praise him,'” said Akin, a reference to Job 13:15.
Second, Akin encouraged graduates to focus on the essential as they run the race. Drawing from the analogy given in verse 1 of Hebrews 12 about “laying aside every weight,” Akin explained that while weights in exercise can be used for good, sometimes they are a hindrance. In order to run the race well, he noted, the believer must learn to put aside the good desires for the best God has in store.
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Source: Baptist Press