How Not To Waste Your Life


My topic this week will be on How Not To Waste Your Life!. It is based upon the insight of the wisest man to have lived on the earth, yet who was utterly dissatisfied with living. He was the wealthiest man of his day, by far the most knowledgeable, considered to be the greatest in the world and saturated with pleasure. When he entered into the final years of his life, he recognized that the life he had lived to that point had been meaningless. The man is Solomon, the third king of Israel. We find his insights of life in the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Solomon begins this book by saying in Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” In the Hebrew, the English word ‘vanity’ means ‘being empty’ and comes from a word meaning breath or vapor. How appropriate a word to describe life lived in the way Solomon had lived – as meaningless as breath on a cold day, seen only for a split second before disappearing forever. The NIV captures the Hebrew most accurately when it says: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

Fortunately, Solomon did wizen. Once he realized how meaningless he was living life, he refocused. Instead of putting himself at the center of life, he put God back as the rightful center of his life (NIV Ecclesiastes 12:13 ‘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’.) Do not, however, confuse this statement as one of a works based righteousness. The whole of Scripture (most certainly in Romans and Galatians) teaches that righteousness comes through grace by faith in Christ alone. But once in the relationship with God, biblical fear is a foundational principle for living to God’s glory and not wasting your life.

But what does it mean to fear? We will define it tomorrow.


1 Response to “How Not To Waste Your Life”

  1. 1 Randy Baker December 10, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    No need to apologize Hal. You could preach on these truths week after week to our benefit. We are weak and forgetful and need to be continually reminded that many, if not most, of our daily pursuits are empty. Thanks for another fine message from God’s word and a pleasant lunchtime of conversation.


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