Our Highest Focus
". . . Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. "
Is there true satisfaction in the things of this world? Are some of man’s greatest and most notable achievements only efforts ending in emptiness and pride? It has been incredible what man has accomplished, yet God is rarely given the acknowledgment due His name. The theme and purpose of the book of Ecclesiastes is revealed through the reflections and experiences of just one man, King Solomon. He was the wisest man that ever lived and declared he had seen everything “under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:14). In his conclusion to the whole matter, Solomon, determined that man’s existence was filled with futility and hopelessness. All that he had sought after in his pursuit of the real meaning of human life was meaningless.
The apostle Paul wrote about all he had accomplished religiously before he was confronted by Christ on the road to Damascus (Philippians 3:4-6). His conclusion, “For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). Paul’s greatest desire was to: “...know him and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to His death;” (Philippians 3:10).
Our purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy fellowship with Him. Because of man's fall into sin, fellowship with God has been broken and man struggles to find peace and joy. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can purpose in life be discovered. To exalt God is to fear and obey Him, while keeping our hearts fixed on our future home, heaven. His purpose for our lives enables us to experience true and lasting joy–––the abundant life He desires for every believer. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
Lord, may my greatest achievement in life be to trust You and love You with all my heart.