Sunday Morning Podcast April 28, 2019. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ECCLESIASTES. 1:1-13
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
The vanity of life, and the certainty the gospel provides as an answer. What is the message you stand for? What is the certainty and conviction your witness provides to others? What answer do you bring that is eternal, that comes not from earth, but heaven? Our faith, with the oppositions and challenges, should cause us to examine our heart, as God’s word asks us to do. In every encounter with others, there is an examination for us to give an account of the hope you have within. More than a mere declaration. The Lord has to rise up within you, with not merely an account of what you believe, but the power of what you believe! If there is no convincing of it at the end of the day, you need to examine your heart. It must be more than charitable acts, and good deeds. It instead must be a living testimony of the power of God in your life. Should we be casual about sanctioning that people “just live and let live?” Instead of impressing on others the gospel? Should there be a real mission of the gospel to souls, or just give them temporal “tools?” How would, or do the unsaved or heathen feel, if the gospel you present, is mere words that they need to change? Examine your faith, and answer these questions.
Each of us have had questions challenging why we believe as we do. Should it be about what you must have? Because these questions are being asked of each of us. The answer cannot be, like so many religions, “do as I say, but not as I do.” Mere religion lives and says this. That of course is hypocrisy of the message. That answer does not answer real soul needs and concerns, of the need of more faithfulness, and godliness. You do not have a “label” that distinguishes you more than others for God. The world will examine you as they do others. Are you living the message God has given, in this world today? Talk to people. Find out what they are concerned about. Be ready to be a servant for souls, that are living in all it’s darkness and ungodliness. “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Proverbs 12:14 We need to examine our hearts to see what God already knows about us, so we can measure up to His Will for us. So you can; 1) Realize Life is absurd without God, so stop living a pointless life 2) Or Continue with vanity, pressing with self deception without God. 3) “Determine to Take a leap of faith, embracing the truth of purpose.” Jesus puts God back as our center of purpose. We must not “stay home and be quiet.” This is our challenge and commission. Then, pray that God will draw those souls ministered to, to then be drawn to Him.
How convincing is your testimony? Have you made your answer to life?