Monday, April 13, 2015

My Life Without Jesus Is Empty

My Life Without Jesus Is Empty

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If I were to give you an overview of Ecclesiastes, it would be this. Here is a man who had everything that life would allow him to have. There was nothing that he did not buy or have, he had it ALL. He denied himself NOTHING, if it was a desire in his heart, it happened.

To put this in terms that we can identify with better, Imagine you had all the money in the world. You had as many houses, as large as you wanted, where you wanted. You had as many kinds of cars you desired. You had all the latest toys technology had created. If Macintosh came out with a new iPhone, you were the first to have it. And as far as women or men were concerned, you had as many as you could handle in 24 hours. You were so popular, they would be at your beck and call. Are you getting the picture?

Now, imagine that you have ALL this....... and it still is not enough, it almost seems empty, there is no real meaning in all this. This is what the writer of Ecclesiastes is struggling with. He even toils with the idea that you could work your entire life for these toys, die, and give all your toys to someone who does not deserve them, so why?. He finally comes to the conclusion that rich or poor, wise or fool, we all are going to die. So where does one find completeness or happiness?

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In Chapter 4 the writer starts to change gears and point towards GOD. Then in the last two verses of the book, the writer comes to a conclusion about his dilemma:

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.

This is one lesson that we need to remember, or for some of us, learn. I know that when I am feeling down or discouraged, I think that if I go and buy that new toy that I have had my eye on for sometime, it will make me feel better. I am sure it will bring temporary happiness, but in the end I will go back to feeling the same way again.

Life without Jesus is empty. He is the only one that will be able to fill us up, and make us feel complete. This is one lesson that we need to teach the generation below us, especially with all the bombardment of society telling them, they are nothing without their products. Hollywood is a great example of this, Brittney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, the list goes on and on. They have everything, yet they still struggle to "Find" themselves. When I am feeling down, I can take my Bible, go to a spot by myself, read, and feel this peace and comfort come over me. maybe give it a try when you are feeling empty.

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