Don’t Worship Your Seniors

graduation-landingSenior Sunday is just around the corner.  And with it, all the pomp and circumstance.  Honoring and recognizing the seniors is a nice sentiment – and we have always done it in our ministry.  But sometimes we cross the line with our graduates….in my humble, but accurate opinion.

When we focus as much or more attention on our seniors than we do on Jesus, we’ve crossed over into ‘senior worship.’  And here’s a news flash – that doesn’t just happen on Senior Recognition Sunday.  If you reserve the best bus spots for seniors, you’ve crossed a line.  If your seniors’ continual complaints about 7th graders have caused you to re-work your entire ministry, you may be in danger of putting them higher on the list than they should be.  If your senior Sunday festivities include kids walking in to “Majesty”, decked in their grad gear and waving to their subjects…you’ve definitely gone too far.

Honor the seniors – absolutely – they’ve come a long way, baby.  But do it in a way that puts the focus on Jesus, not on them.  Otherwise, you may be missing the depth of this verse in Luke 14.

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice:  “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?  The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!  “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  (emphasis mine)

Tomorrow, we’ll bring you some tips on honoring those seniors well!

Author: Darren Sutton

I've been in student ministry nearly 30 years…which generally just confirms how much I still don't know. Some days I'm the pizza-eating, over-responding, teaching-on-the-fly, desperate-for-volunteers, frustrated-with-co-workers youth leader that we all are. And sometimes…I knock it out of the park. I'm everywhere on social media that you are!

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