What’s Important

Ecclesiastes 3:18-22

I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts.  For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity.   All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. 21 Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?  So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?

I like the common theme that runs throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, the theme that all is vanity and striving after wind.  What you make, earn, save, spend, or buy is not important because it doesn’t last and neither do you.

Like the least of God’s creatures we all breathe and live in the same air and space and we all die in the same air and space.

What is Heaven? What is it like? What is life like after the resurrection?

Solomon makes no pretense that he knows.   He does not deny it or claim that it does not exist.

But what he does know is that what you gather is not important.  What you build or buy is not important.  What you sell or lose is not important.

What is important is the life that God gave you.

What is important is seeing and knowing that life is a gift.  It’s important to not waste that gift of life chasing things and accumulating stuff.

It is not about what you get or don’t get.  It’s about being happy in the process of getting, so happy that you realize you don’t have to get anything.

By being truly happy in your toil, your life, you realize you already have and will keep getting what truly matters.

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