Theme of the Week: All Things New: New Perspectives
Bible Verse: “When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: fear God and keep his commands, because this is for all humanity.” Ecclesiastes 12:13, CSB
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
Sometimes it helps to simplify things, especially near the start of a new year. New beginnings allow us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves. Why are we here? What’s our ultimate purpose?
After thoroughly examining life, testing various approaches, and trying to find meaning in everything from pleasure, accomplishments, sex, and power, the writer of Ecclesiastes summaries the meaning of life in two points. There are two ways of expressing the same idea:
- Fear God. Remember who we are: mortal and limited. Remember who God is: eternal and all-powerful. Live with a recognition of where we stand in relation to him, and center your life around him.
- Keep his commands. When we realize who God is and who we are, we’ll obey him.
That’s the bottom line of life. We were placed on earth to fear God and obey him. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it, our chief end in life is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. Talk about a new perspective on life!
What does this mean for everyday living? We’re going to explore this question this week. But for today, remember the main purpose of your life: God put us here to remember that he’s God and we’re not, and then to obey and enjoy him with all of our lives. It is the bottom line of our lives. It’s a good focus for us as we begin a new year.
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