Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:16-22
Key Verse: Verse 22 – “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?"
Key Words: a man should rejoice in his own works
Solomon gives two ingredients that should motivate us.
First, judgment. Ecclesiastes 3:17, “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”
Secondly, death. Verses 18-22. The principle is that you only come this way once so do what you can. But I caution you to be careful because our efforts often lead us to being egotistical, self-boasting.
A sightseeing bus was making the rounds through Washington, D. C., and the driver was pointing out spots of interest. As they passed the Pentagon building, he mentioned that it cost taxpayers millions of dollars and that it took a year and a half to build. While everyone was looking at it, a little old woman piped up: “In Peoria we could have built the same building for less, and it would have been completed even sooner than that!”
The next sight on the tour was the Justice Department building. Once again the bus driver said that it cost so many millions to build and took almost two years to complete.
The woman repeated: “In Peoria we would have done it for less money, and it would have been finished much sooner.”
The tour finally came to the Washington Monument, and the driver just passed slowly by without saying a word. The old woman was curious. “Hey,” she shouted to the driver, “what’s that tall white building back there?” The driver looked out the window, waited a minute and then said, “Search me, lady. It wasn’t there yesterday.”
It behooves us all to remember that without God we can do nothing.
What to do:
✞ Remember that life is not about you, but all about Jesus Christ. (See verse 20.)
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