Making A Difference
I’m not a very cause-oriented person. I recycle, a little. I support local charities, some. I boycott some establishments, for a while. Does it make a difference in the grand scheme of things? I don’t think so.
Ecclesiastes certainly agrees with my fatalistic views. If you’re depressed, maybe stay away from Ecclesiastes. It’s not a happy place. It says that everything we do is meaningless over and over. God is sovereign. We have no control. Why bother? What’s the point? I think the narrator and Eeyore would be best buds.
“I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind” (Ecc. 1: 13-14, NIV).
But there are two narrators in Ecclesiastes. One has gathered up the wise sayings of another to share with his son. And then, offers a conclusion at the end. The other is the Eeyore with the “wise” sayings. Because of this, we can speculate that the purpose of these horrible, gloom-and-doom pronouncements is to see that life is meaningless…apart from God
Everything matters. “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Ecc. 12:14, NIV).
With Jesus, the meaning of life comes into focus.
Does anything last? Yes. Jesus has accomplished all that was required to set us free from the bondage of futility.
Does anything satisfy? Yes. Jesus is the living water. Believe in him, rest in him, trust in him, and you will never “thirst” again.
Everything is meaningless “under the sun.”
Everything has meaning under the Son.
My cause is Jesus. I can save the world, by telling people about Jesus.
That makes a difference.
With Love In Christ,