So if you used your detective skills, you could probably figure out which book of the Bible I’m going to reference in this post. Got it? That’s right! It’s Ecclesiastes. If you have never read the book before, you should. It’s one of my favorite books. It is assumed that the book is written by Solomon, who was the wisest and richest man living during that time period. Throughout the book he talks about how he has gained all of these things throughout his life and it has all amounted to nothing. He gained the whole world and still wanted more. Everything was.. well.. you guessed it, meaningless.
I bring this up because we are studying Ecclesiastes at my church currently. I have already gained so much though our study of it. One thing in particular hit me hard today during the sermon that I was able to relate to my upcoming journey to mission school. The statement Pastor Rod made today was this, “Are you living life for God, or for yourself? If you are living without God, everything in your life is meaningless.” There is so much truth in that Statement.
First of all, I know I need to live my life for God. Everyday. Period. I am nothing without him, therefore, I should worship him with my life. Second, I must not do anything from a selfish motive. This is hard to do, but that is why we must daily repent and be born again though him. Lastly, we must find the meaning in our life through him. God blessed us with this world, so we should love what he created and worship him for it.
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
How does this relate to my Mission School you may wonder. Well, honestly, it relates to every aspect of it. This is a new time in my life where I am going to have to stop living for myself and start living for him and for others. Up until this point, I have been thinking of all the great things that will happen for me once I start this mission school and how it will change my life. That is meaningless! It’s not about me. I shouldn’t be focusing on how much my life will change, but how much God can change others lives through me! I’m excited to be Gods tool as I live here on this earth. What an awesome opportunity. That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate my life being changed, because that too is a blessing from God. I just have to make sure God and his work stays my main focus.
God and serving others is what this Mission School is about. Actually, it’s what this LIFE is about. God gives our life meaning. Anything without him is meaningless.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.
Ecclesiastes 3: 11-14