Useful But Useless – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
TOPIC: USEFUL BUT USELESS.
Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely, this also was vanity.
2 I said of laughter—“Madness!”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?”
3 I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.
4 I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyard.
5 I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.
6 I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove.
7 I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me.
8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments a of all kinds.
9 So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.
10 Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor.
11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labor in which I had toiled; And indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul (Matthew 16:26).
As we read through the lines of Ecclesiastes, there comes a feeling of joy and moodiness; joy because it is good for a man to get wealth and satisfaction for himself (Ecc. 9:10), but so sad, when none of these things will be useful to us after death: naked we were born, naked shall we leave (Ecc. 5:15). All that we have now, our certificates that we brag with, the buildings, investment, recognition (nationally and internationally) etc are all worldly useful but eternally useless. Solomon took time to acquire all that his heart desired; from materials to popularity, but the final tag on them is VANITY (Ecc. 1:2)
No one is saying riches are not good, but their worth ends here. The best they can give anyone whether you have them or not, is a six-feet below the earth. Where you go after is a function of your relationship with God (Matt. 16:24; 6:33). Jesus Christ’s admonition to all is…. one thing you lack, go your way sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven and come, take up the cross and follow me (Mark 10:21).Jesus wasn’t saying you should become empty. He simply implies making heaven your focus because early possessions are only earthly useful but heavenly useless. Hence, build up your treasure in heaven where there is eternal security. Let’s make our lives useful eternally.
Perhaps, these questions may help someone on how to be wise now. Where do you believe you would stay longer – earth or heaven? How much of the 24hours that make a day do you spend on earth/heavei projects? Who would be the one to benefit most of your inheritance after death? Which of your properties would you like to be buried along with? Be wise!
- O Lord, give me the grace to focus my energy in building treasures in heaven.
- O Lord, may my earthly riches be a blessing to my generation (others).
- Lord, make our greedy leaders and politicians see the vanity in corruption.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Judges 3:24 – 6:1; Luke 11:6 – 11:27.
Author: CAC Worldwide