by – Sis. Arian Sarah Perez
Ecclesiastes 1:2-3 – Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?
King Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, had wealth beyond measure and wisdom beyond any man of his time or ours. Anything his heart desires, he pursues it. And yet, he summed up “life under the sun”—is meaningless. Why he keeps on saying that is because he knows that God created us for something beyond what we can experience in the here-and-now, its eternity.
Last week, as I was preparing for work, I saw a Facebook post from a colleague http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWH-_wRrQ_U. This is a TV commercial from Nescafe, which really touches the heart of many viewers. This question is so broad that I even need to stopped for a while and think for the answer.
PARA KANINO KA BUMABANGON? (For whom do you wake up to?) “Some wakes up for their dreams — for themselves, for family, for friends, for works etc.” In the end, it will just boil down to one solid conclusion — For the pleasure of your own. SELF-SATISFACTION.
The above statement might be my ultimate answer, if God did not open my eyes to see the beauty of Christ. And this thing would not bring gain to me or to anyone, (a little and temporary would do). Why am I saying this? Because I will just end up being tired, thirsty of recognition and even frustrated if my whole world will just revolve around those things.
Everything is vanity, and the only answer to this vanity is Christ. It is because for Him, through Him and by Him we can find the true joy. Let us look to the one who put eternity into man’s heart. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.
Make JESUS be the ultimate reason why we go on. Let’s wake up every morning with full confidence and faith, declaring that “I’LL WAKE UP FOR MY LORD!”