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The Stewardship of Life 8-21-2016 from Theotis Casey on Vimeo.

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Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #24

“The Stewardship of Life”
Ecclesiastes 12:8-14

Introduction:

As he begins his conclusion of the findings in his quest for meaning and purpose in life, Solomon makes a final statement confirming his own position in the matter. His words remind us of Paul’s words to Timothy, ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work’ (2 Tim. 3:16–17).
On its own, the Book of Ecclesiastes may present itself as a depressing, almost overtly negative read. However, King Solomon’s conclusion ends by focusing on the one source of truth that is valid for anyone sincerely searching for the meaning of life – GOD HIMSELF! Here, we are taught about the Stewardship of Life, as Solomon teaches there are lessons to be learned and obligations to be met.

I.  There Are Lessons to Be Learned in the Stewardship of Life:  Eccl. 12:8-12

A.  The Book’s Theme is reiterated (v.8; cf. 1:2)
B.  The Role of King Solomon as our Teacher is reaffirmed (vv.9-10)
 C.  The Value of Wisdom is reemphasized (vv.11-12)

 II.  There Are Obligations to Be Met in the Stewardship of Life:  Eccl. 12:12-14

A.  We are obligated to – FEAR GOD (v.13, “Fear God”)
B.  We are obligated to – OBEY GOD (v.13b, “and keep His commandments”)
C.  We are obligated to prepare to – MEET GOD (v.14)

CONCLUSION:

Six times in Ecclesiastes King Solomon told us to enjoy life while we can; but at no time did he advise us to enjoy sin. The joys of the present depend on the security of the future. If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, then your sins have already been judged on the cross; and “there is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1 and see John 5:24). But if you die having never trusted Christ, you will face judgment at His throne and be lost forever (Rev. 20:11–15).
Is life worth living? Yes, if you are truly alive through faith in Jesus Christ. Then you can be satisfied, no matter what God may permit to come to your life.
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12, NKJV). You can receive life in Christ and—be satisfied!
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