The Conclusion

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[PART 12 OF 12]

Let’s review what we have discovered from the book of Ecclesiastes. What have we learned by following Solomon’s quest for meaning and purpose?

The first outside piece of the Oreo cookie, the first half of Solomon’s philosophy of life, is the idea that “everything is meaningless!”

The Double Stuff filling is all the stuff he waded through in his search for meaning and purpose, and the resulting conclusions concerning each endeavor:

  • Money – meaningless;
  • Wisdom – meaningless;
  • Hard work – meaningless;
  • Achievement – meaningless;
  • Life is good;
  • There is a time for everything;
  • Injustice is all around us.

And now, finally, we come to the conclusion, the other outside piece of the Oreo, the other half of Solomon’s philosophy of life. After all his searching, after all his attempts to find meaning and purpose, after all the frustration of coming up empty-handed again and again, here is what it all boils down to.

“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.”

(Ecclesiates 12:13-14)

The only thing that gives life meaning and purpose; the only thing that is really worth waking up for every day … is living for God, serving Him with my life. That’s it! That is the whole duty, the whole purpose, the whole function for which man was created. It is the only thing that will make me complete. It is the only thing that will bring me a deep sense of satisfaction and fulfillment.

I was born to serve.

I may be rich, or I may be poor. It doesn’t really matter, as long as I fulfill my purpose of serving.

I may possess great knowledge and wisdom, or I may be a simpleton. It doesn’t matter, as long as I fulfill my purpose of serving.

I may achieve great and magnificent accomplishments and have my name written on the honor roll of humanity as one of the great achievers of all time, or my accomplishments may seem mediocre when compared to others of great achievement. It doesn’t matter, as long as I fulfill my purpose of serving.

In order for that to make any sense at all, I must learn to look at life from an eternal perspective. Judgment day is coming! Heaven is on the horizon. What happens here is just temporary.

When the Day of Judgment comes and I stand before God, He is not going to care how much money I had in my bank account or what my net worth was. What he will care about is how I used my money and my possessions to serve.

When I stand before God in Judgment, He won’t care how smart I was. He won’t care how many trophies I won or how many certificates were hanging on my office wall or how many buildings bore my name. The only thing that will matter is – how did I use my life to serve Him and serve humanity from a heart filled with sincere love and compassion?

Eternity is the paradigm through which the philosophy of “purpose through service” makes sense.

We should choose to spend our lives serving God … because one day we will stand before God and give an account of how we chose to spend our lives.

Did we pursue the purpose for which He created us, or did we spend most of our time pursuing things that brought only temporary reward?

The reason all those other things are meaningless, is simply because they are not the reason God created us. They do not fulfill the purpose that God implanted deeply in each one of us, in the very core of our souls. That purpose is to fear God and keep His commandments. That purpose is to serve.

Serving God is life. The rest is just details.
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This is Part 12 in a 12-part series entitled “The Meaning of Life”.
Part 1: “A Little Birdie Told Me
Part 2: “Oreo Cookies and the Meaning of Life
Part 3: “Introducing King Solomon
Part 4: “King Solomon and the Oreos
Part 5: “Something Worth Waking Up For
Part 6: “Cha-Ching!
Part 7: “Wisdom, Hard Work, Achievement
Part 8: “Life is Good
Part 9: “Turn! Turn! Turn!
Part 10: “Injustice
Part 11: “Sorrow and Joy
Part 12: “The Conclusion”

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