Doing Something Great
Many of us want to believe that the things that we do in this world matter. That when we die, our accomplishments will be remember forever by those who come before us. People often become so obsessed about doing this and when their death comes knocking at their door, they are filled with regret because they feel that they did not do something great.
Life is a Shadow
As much as we do not like to admit it, this life that we live, when compared with eternity, is like a shadow that fades the moment sunbeams hit it. With that in mind, nothing that we do will have a great impact in the world’s scheme of things. New ideas and inventions are replaced with even better ones and our accomplishments are instantly trumped by even greater achievements. So, if we can’t make a lasting impact in this world, what is the purpose that we ought to strive for?
Make the Most of Life
Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife,whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 9:7-9 NIV) The preacher reminds us that our life is so short that it is meaningless when compared to eternity. With that in mind, the preacher tells us, while we live on the earth, we only have one thing to do and that is to do everything that is within our power and do it with all our energy and strength.
No Holding Back
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV) There is no point in holding back, for what good is there to have resources left over at the time of our death? After all, we can’t take our possessions with us to the grave.
Work Til Time Runs Out
Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. (Ecclesiastes 9:12 NIV) We do not know the day when the Lord will call us to death, it maybe tomorrow, today, or next week; it does not matter who you are, in the end, we all die. Therefore, there is no point in delaying the work that you are called to do. We must do the work with all our might before time runs out.
When is the Right Time?
Suppose the Lord gave you a mission to do, but you hold back in performing it because you are waiting for the right time or you feel like you are not ready to do the work. If you are one of those people, I have a question for you: when is it the right time to do the Lord’s work? What would happen, during your wait for the right time, that all of a sudden, an unexpected event happens that prevents you from ever doing the work? How would you feel if that happened. I don’t know about you, but I would be filled with regret, wishing I could go back in time and just go for it.
The Right Time is Now
The right time to do the work of the Lord is always right now. Do not worry about being ill-equipped to the work, for the Lord will equip you to do His work. There is no point in holding off on you God-given tasks that you can do today. We should not worry what will happen as we do our work, for we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Such things are in the hands of the Almighty and we can trust Him to do what is right.
Furthermore, do not worry about trying to make an impact in this world. The best thing that we can do is to be content with what we can do and take joy in it all. For all that we have are gifts from the Almighty in order to use to the best of our ability.