13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
If you got the news today that you had only one more year to live, would you continue living your life in the same way you are or would you change some things? If you would change some things, what are those things that you would change? One more question, why do you want to wait until you have one more year to live before you make the changes, what is stopping you from making those changes now?
The mystery of life is that no one knows when they check in and once we check in, we have no idea how much time we have. Because of this, many of us assume that we have a lot of time remaining and thus we tend to put the most important things on the back shelf of our life.
Solomon tells us that the conclusion of the mater is to fear God and keep his commandments for that is the duty of all mankind. This is coming from a man who God had given the gift of wisdom, a man who also indulged in all manner of things many are chasing today.
Jesus said the same thing when he said that the law can be summed up in one commandment, to love God with all our heart mind and soul and secondly to love our neighbors as ourselves. To achieve this, the bible tells us to do certain things like seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, staying connected to the vine so that we may bear fruit, praying without ceasing, loving our neighbor as self, making disciples of all nations and many others all pointing us towards loving God and Loving people.
The question we need to ask ourselves is “How much time am I allocating to these things?” Also, “Are the things that consume my time things that are important to God?”
Remember Solomon tells us;
God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
What are the top three things that you allocate the most time to in a typical 24 hour period?
In view of eternity and your relationship with God would you say that God is pleased with how you have prioritized things in your life?
What are some small changes you are willing to make immediately to kick off the process of turning things around?