Finishing Strong

Rambling speakers bore me. I know, I probably should say that nicer, but it’s true. Perhaps you’re the same way. If so, then you’ll like Solomon’s masterful summary of the big question, “What’s the point of life anyway?” Take a look: 

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.” Eccl. 12:13-14 NKJV 

After previously discussing the question at length, he comes back in these closing remarks (under the Holy Spirit’s leadership) and nails it like a 400 yard bull’s eye! Here are three thoughts I took away from it going forward.

1. Fear God

The word fear in this context is so important. It’s a reverence for God that permeates our entire life, whether public or private…the perspective that He’s God and I’m not. In a practical sense, it helps keep me from foolish choices and be an authentic Christian example to others. My God is a BIG God!

2. Keep His Commandments

We can approach this in three ways:

  • As a Legalist-strict adherence to rules, but little attention to meaning, purpose and grace
  • As a Libertine– living as if there are no constraints as a Christ-follower, therefore mocking the precious liberty we have in Jesus
  • As a Bondservant-willfully serving Christ as the one in authority over us, just as Paul described himself

Since Colossians 2:5-8 describes Jesus modeling the role of bondservant, I believe the scripture teaches us to do the same. We were bought at a price, and are not our own (I Corinthians 6:20). Bondservant is by far the best!

3. God will Judge

The Bible describes two judgments; one for people who know Jesus as Savior (The Judgment Seat of Christ, II Corinthians 5:9-11) and another for those who do not (The White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:11-15). The consequences are severely different for each group, but accountability is common to both. Whether reward or punishment, we’ll all answer for the life entrusted to us. I hope your trust is in Christ. If so, live for Him and make each day count!

Series: “What’s the Point of Life Anyway?” – Conclusion

About cchrisholland

...husband, dad, pastor, teacher, and chronic day-dreamer
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