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Last week, we found in our study that fulfillment doesnít come with anything that the world has to offer. Even the people that have reached the level that they were reaching for, have found that it doesnít fulfill. For instance,
Thereís a guy who was one of the most powerful men and wealthy men on the planet, and it didnít satisfy. But itís not just men from 2,000 or 3,000 years ago.
I know thatís not the way you want your life to turn out. Everyone wants to have significance. Everyone wants to matter, and wants to make a difference with their life.
The guy from Coca-Cola signed up to change the world.
The question is this: What foundation can you build upon to ensure that your life is significant? Whatís the foundation for finding a fulfilling life that makes a difference?
Solomon spends the first 11 chapters of the book exploring and rejecting everything that most people try to find fulfillment in today:
Then, when we arrive at the 12th chapter, we find the conclusion of Solomonís search. After heís done all of these things, trying to find fulfillment, what is his conclusion?
What does he want to say to you?
Ec 12:1 ∂ Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the difficult days come, And the years draw near when you say, "I have no pleasure in them":
2 While the sun and the light, The moon and the stars, Are not darkened, And the clouds do not return after the rain;
3 In the day when the keepers of the house tremble, And the strong men bow down; When the grinders cease because they are few, And those that look through the windows grow dim;
4 When the doors are shut in the streets, And the sound of grinding is low; When one rises up at the sound of a bird, And all the daughters of music are brought low;
5 Also they are afraid of height, And of terrors in the way; When the almond tree blossoms, The grasshopper is a burden, And desire fails. For man goes to his eternal home, And the mourners go about the streets.
6 Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, Or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well.
7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Whatís he saying? If you want to find fulfillment:You need to make God your PRIORITY! You need to let God run your life starting NOW!
Now, you might say, ďNo, Pastor. . . he just said that you need to ďRemember your Creator!Ē Thatís what I do. . . I believe in God, and I think about Him pretty regularly. I even came to church today.Ē
Well, Iím glad that you did. . . but this verse means much more than thinking about God while youíre young. In fact,
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