Summary: Why am I here? You need a better answer to that question than just a "Why not?" This sermon examines places people have been looking for fulfillment for 3,000 years, to see if it can be found. *HANDOUT INCLUDED*
Answering Life’s Great Questions - Sermon #1
Where Can I Find Fulfillment?
As you look around, you’ll find people that are like that: They’ve finally got their dream, only to find out that it doesn’t count for fulfillment – it doesn’t count for satisfaction.
Someone said it like this: Many people spend their whole life climbing the ladder of success, only to find out it’s leaning against the wrong wall.”
The book I’m reading from today is called Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes was written by a man named Solomon about 3,000 years ago.
Ecclesiastes is the story of Solomon’s search to find fulfillment in the world.
I’ve found that every person is trying to answer (whether consciously or unconsciously, the Great Questions of life:
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I going?
That’s funny, but it’s not very satisfying! We need answers about the great questions of life.
Here’s the premise of my message this morning. Instead of calling this book Ecclesiastes, we could call it “Darrell Stetler’s search” or “Kevin’s Search”. . . or you could put your name in there. All of us are writing the story of our search for fulfillment. When your life is over, what will your story say you tried to find fulfillment in? Will the story tell that you found it, or that you wandered your whole life and never found what you were seeking?
Let’s read from Ecclesiastes 1:12-14.
Ec 1:12 ¶ I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised.
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.
The key word in this book is the word “vanity”. It means “empty” or “meaningless”.
I want to look for a few minutes at the things that Solomon tried to find fulfillment in.(and people TODAY try to find fulfillment in – apparently they don’t realize that someone else tried it 3,000 years ago.)
I. Fulfillment through education and wisdom.