For many years now, I’ve been studying the Bible and have found that the lessons learned in this book are applicable today just as much as they were when God became flesh as Jesus; teaching us how to live.
I studied business management and computer science in college so I’ve always been interested in how organizations can be efficient and at their best. Be it a business, church, non-profit, a family, community, state, or nation; the Bible has so many lessons we can apply to help make organizations function at an optimal level.
Recently, I’ve been studying in the Book of Ecclesiastes and writing about some lessons we can apply. The author of Ecclesiastes is thought to be Solomon and he learns the hard way that wealth and the things of this world do not benefit the soul, judgment, or eternity. We have the benefit of knowing what is most meaningful in life; the cause of accepting and sharing about Christ.
Working for this cause gives one an enthusiastic outlook. God lights the fire from within because He gives us a purpose, He frees us from our past, and we are ready to face the future with enthusiasm. Something small can turn into something big if we learn each day and work towards what God wants us to be.
Solomon searched for knowledge to satisfy his own purposes and not the purposes of God which resulted in his apathy. Getting satisfaction from the world makes one restless but there is fulfillment in the pursuit of knowledge that is used for God’s purposes because it is a meaningful activity. There’s always one more person to help get excited about the contentment and eternal treasures found in Christ. The truly rewarding aspect of this meaningful cause is a sense of purpose because we are connecting people to God.
Studying the life of Solomon teaches us the need to balance work and pleasure. Wisdom takes effort but avoids many of the pitfalls one can face in life whereas constantly seeking enjoyment or pleasure takes less effort but can lead to various unpleasant long term issues like being overextended financially or health concerns.
Studying the life of Christ teaches us to Let God be a part of each day; gaining wisdom, being inspired to work hard, and enjoying the blessings. Life works best when our attention is on Him because we have a plan, we are organized, we have a path to follow, and corrections can be made if we get off that path.
Our life on earth is so short compared to eternity. How does eternity affect your life? The work we do on earth has a time limit so we should budget our time and money. Our work is recorded for eternity and our work with God brings eternal rewards.
The small things become big things when we value each small victory and use them as stepping stones to bigger wins in the future. We should evaluate each victory and loss to learn from them as we build for a brighter future. As we plan out each day, remember that most rewards in life are short term but our relationship with God last forever.
So in the study of Ecclesiastes 1-4, we’ve learned about how Solomon created wealth for himself but didn’t find true joy. Finding true joy and meaning is found by going God’s way. It’s the best form of leadership. As leaders of families, parents know that it is best when all are all present and pitching in. The dinner table is a great place to discuss issues and encourage each other with kind words.
It all begins within the family. As families work together as groups to go God’s way, we call that church. There’s power, safety, and success in pulling together because people can support, encourage, and strengthen one another. They can tap into the faith, hope, and love of other believers so their talents or skills combine to strengthen the whole body of Christ.
Now the plan is to learn more lessons as I continue my journey through the book of Ecclesiastes. Next is Ecclesiastes 5-8 so be sure and join me or check in often for thoughts and ideas as I share on a daily basis at: This Day with God.