Well it happened! I turned 50 last year. A half a century old and closer now to eternity than I’ve ever been before. For the last few years I have been asking a lot of questions of myself. What have I really accomplished with my life? Did I make the right decisions with the choices I was given? Has my life counted? How will I be remembered when I am gone? For a man it is called the mid-life crisis. As you get closer to passing out of this world you find yourself being confronted by these questions. It was in this state that I believe Solomon found himself in when he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. He looked back over his life and realized that all he done had been meaningless. A chasing after the wind. He had started out well but at the end of his life he was a man far from God. His conclusion of the whole matter is found in chapter 12:13-14
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
See Solomon was right when He said that all men do is vain and meaningless. The only thing that matters in life is did we do what God asked us to do? Did we live for Him or did we live for ourselves? You could be a great scholar or amassed great wealth but when it comes down to it, those things won’t matter. You could have achieved great feats or been someone whom the nations looked up to. You could be a celebrity seen on television and in magazines. You could even be a head of a great ministry reaching out to millions and yet if have not done what God asked of you, you’re life has been a waste. If you have not made your foundation Christ, everything you have ever accomplished will burn up before your eyes.
For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames. 1 Cor. 3:11-15
Understand that I am talking to those who know the Lord and yet have done other than what He has asked them to do. For those who don’t know Him not only will everything they have done been in vain but even their soul will be lost.
Each of us everyday needs to be asking that question of ourselves; "Have I done or am I doing what God has asked me to do?" not just when we come to a mid-life crisis, but every single day of our lives. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wind up like Solomon. I want to hear the my Lord say; "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’’ Matthew 25:23
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