Vanity, vanity cried the preacher…

I was asked to share my story in our Sunday school class last week. As I was praying about what to say, I felt clear direction to keep it short on the left side of the equation this time (My past). I think these two verses enabled me to sum it all up without dredging through the details.  
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 (KJV)
10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. 
We just got back from the beach. I loved getting up in the mornings, going out on a little balcony we had where I could read my Bible and just listen to the ocean. I studied the book of Ecclesiastes all week. Between that and the family time it was an awesome trip!
I have “moments” in my Bible reading that I can go back to. I can still remember the first time I read through Ecclesiastes, when it occurred to me… Wow. A guy 3000 years ago was inspired by God to write this. Mind boggling. And yet so much of this book still applies today. So much wisdom. 
One of the main themes is about the vanity of the struggle of our fleshly lives. When in the end it is all meaningless. That important job you have. Your cars. Your house. It is all vanity. It all goes away in the end. And for awhile I connected just “my story” to this line of thinking… But the reality is… 
Everything we do outside of Christ is vanity!!
 I could have been the nicest guy on the planet before I got saved… It wouldn’t have mattered to God. So in reality, how bad or good my past was is totally irrelevant!! But Christ made a way, while we were yet sinners…. And now through Him, the things I do for the kingdom will stand the test of time. They are eternal. How cool is that!
To sum it up realize one thing… I can build a skyscraper for man, and it will eventually fall. But I can give a warm handshake with Christlike love, and it will last an eternity. The things we do through Him are all that really matter in the end.

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