Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is? I mean really sat down and thought it through. Take a child for instance the meaning of life is probably in the neighborhood of everything is mine and is meant to make me happy. Take an adolescent the meaning of life might be boys, girls, music, having the most friends on facebook. But then we get older and suddenly the meaning of life becomes about finances and a bigger house finding the right husband or wife and “these things will make me happy.” And suddenly we become seniors and life becomes about memories and leaving a legacy behind. What is the meaning of life? Where do you find meaning? Are you trapped in a cycle of possessions and living from pay check to paycheck, or maybe your stuck in a scheduling nightmare that controls your every moment…
The book of Ecclesiastes gives us great insight on the wisest man ever, and the life he lived in pursuit of the meaning of life. In the beginning of the book Solomon says, that everything is meaningless, wisdom, work, pleasure, toil, wealth…everything is meaningless. Then with perfect harmony lays out wisdom that brings everything into focus. In the Conclusion of the last chapter in verse 13, Solomon says this,
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.
We are becoming.
Becoming more like what God intended us to be.
A people who fear(love, revere, honor, worship, adore…) Him and obey His commandments. This is the whole duty of man.
This is what it is all about,
…the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So we have Loving God, Loving People, and everything we do should hang on these. Everything?
Can you imagine a life that revolves around one primary concept? A concept so simple that we sometimes miss… Can you imagine?
Imagine a world, no imagine a people so consumed with loving God not self and obeying the command to love our neighbors. How different would life be? The problem with our western culture is that we are so lost in self preservation and self promotion that the concept of living for something else, other than ourselves, is to faint to recognize. My generation is considered the microwave generation…what will future generations be called? Could the American church slip to obsolete? Or could people catch the life that is Loving God and Loving People?