“So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense.”
(1 Corinthians 1:20)

“Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is the duty of every
person.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

‘Everything is meaningless, utterly meaningless’. God said of Solomon, ‘I will give you a wise and understanding mind such as no one else has ever had or ever will have.’ Paul was chosen by God to spread the good news and wrote most of the New Testament letters. Both men new that wisdom from this world was foolishness, useless nonsense.

Have you ever stopped in your day and thought that what you were doing was pointless. Or ever been in a meeting and worried about what to say or do. Will I say the right thing? Or get worked up when things are not going your way? Many times I have found encouragement in this one fact: I work for the Lord! My actions must be lead by His will, and the workings of those that do not know Him still do not understand what is truly worth while.

This one fact, that we belong to Christ and not to the world governs our whole lives. This means that we are accountable. We must work hard in everything we do. ‘Be sure to do what you should…, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.’ We work with enthusiasm, as we serve a mighty and loving God. We live with a passionate fire because of Christ. One question though, is the work we doing really for the Lord?

Do not misunderstand this question. I am not calling you to leave your job because it is not a specific ministry of the church. Many are called to remain where they are, but with a Christ-like faith. Is your life the Lords, or is it merely governed by selfish means? Where does this leave us? What this also means is that we should not get caught up in the dealings of the world. Yes everyone around seems cleverer, with great plans to save the world or at least a part of it. The philosophers, the scholars and the world’s brilliant debaters seem to know everything. Yet we need to step back and see that often what the rest of the world does is not what the Lord desires.

Do not get caught up in the arguments of every meeting that you go to. Yes defend what is right, but use Christ’s example. We must live in such a way that Christ’s love controls us. Live in peace, trusting in God at all times. God is in control and this is a beautiful thing. We need only to walk the path He lays before us. Solomon is an example of the dangers of getting caught up in the things of the world. For although he understood that what was important was to ‘fear God and obey his commands’, he let the world influence him. ‘His heart had turned away from the Lord’.

We can not serve both the Lord and the world. Everything that is of the world is ‘meaningless, utterly meaningless.’ But we belong to Christ, and I pray that you will hold fast to your faith, for those who ‘endure to the end will be saved.’

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