"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."
(NIV) - Ecclesiastes 12:13

      Solomon was a wise king, having asked God to endow him with wisdom. In his wisdom he ruled with a heavy hand and a soft voice.  His fame spread far and wide resulting in the Queen of Sheba paying him a visit. But, sadly, Solomon did not continue in a life of wisdom. At the close of his life, being made sensible of his sin and folly, he recorded in this little book his experience for the benefit of others. He declared all earthly good to be "vanity and vexation of spirit."  Solomon shows that no created good can satisfy the soul, that all happiness is found in God alone - that all else is vanity.
      God placed man on this space ship called Earth, racing through space, to bring glory and honor to Him. Man can not go through life without a purpose. We are not here to build great fortunes, erect great cities, build ships, trains, space ships or to bring attention to himself. Yes, it is okay to be a famous artist, a great designer,  a builder of electronics and a thousand other things, as long as that does not consume the man or woman. One can even have an earthly purpose or goal, such as a cure for cancer, or creating a better means of making his fellow man more comfortable.
      A life can not rise above its purpose. As already mentioned there are many noble purposes; but, in the nature of things, there can be only one chief purpose. To be good, to do good and win souls for Christ are not in themselves ends or purposes, but results. Rescuing souls from hell is the result of fearing and serving God, keeping His commandments.
      Our Savior's life was guided through His earthly life by one grand, glorious, overpowering purpose, which was to do God's will of going to the cross for the purpose of redeeming lost mankind. Remember John the Baptist declared, "Look, the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world." (NIV) - John 1:29.
      The apostle Paul says, "The Spirit, himself, testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." 
(NIV) - Rom 8:16.
      The Savior says, "For whosoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
(NIV) - Matt. 12:50.
      Important fact! Precious truth! Sacred relation! Brethren and sisters of the Lord Jesus Christ, sharing with him all the bliss and glory of heaven! What are the terms? Simply doing the Father's will; taking God at His word and walking it its beautiful light. A piercing question that has been resounding down through the eons of time since it was first uttered: "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" 
(NIV) - Mark 8:26.
      "But seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well."  (NIV) - Matt. 6:33.
Blessed light, ever shine on me,
While here on earth I rove;
Be thou my constant guide star
Till weary feet shall cease to move,
Then -- O, then! -- light thou the vale
Where chilly waters glide,
That I may see beyond the stream
The pearly portals wide.

Just a thought from Parson Don across the Garden Gate

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