Pastor Vince Giardino brought us to Ecc. Chapter 3 after viewing a beautiful video put together for the Youth Rally’s “Moment in Time”.
Titling the message “Definite Time” we read the 1st verse: “To Every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Have we ever asked ourselves or God, “What is my purpose?” God has laid down a time for “Every” purpose under heaven.
The author of this book, Solomon, had a very unique and special call and purpose. Having been given the gift of great wisdom, he was allowed to live and experience freely and still maintain his mind, through the Holy Spirit, in order to make evaluations of man’s purpose upon the earth. Pastor used the analogy of a Gold Credit Card, drawn from Heaven’s account in that he was able to get all that he wanted.
Solomon, having started with verse 1, summed up the evaluation in verse 17 of Ecc. Chapter 3. “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Pastor encouraged all believers to read this book as the synopsis would be, “Man is in need of a Savior.” Though man, in his heart, cries out for a Savior they still spends their life in vanity rather than to acknowledge God. It is shown in this chapter that God is in control.
Pastor pulled out a device called a “Definite Purpose Contact” that is used in electronics to perform a definite purpose. Are we aware, as believers, that we have been given a definite purpose to good works. Eph. 2:10. There is a 1st birth (earthly) and a 2nd birth (spiritual). James4:14 For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
How about all my excuses as to why I cannot go to the great banquet. Lk 14:16-21 Even Peter in similar context as Ecc. 3:17 encourages us in 1Pet 4:1-6 to let the time past suffice to the evil things and to rather live out the rest of our time as Christ lived.
We have too much and we bury ourselves with bills and worldly burdens. What will it take? Will it take the food shelves being empty and the gas stations having no gas before we kindle the fire of our faith and respond to the time remaining?
Let us look upon Christ who binds no heavy burden and has lifted the sting of sin (Our Guilt) in order that we may be filled with all joy through his love and be children of God. Consider it a great blessing to bring the gospel to the dead that they might live according to God in the spirit. 1Pet 4:6.