MESSAGE:                                       IS LIFE WORTH IT?

MESSAGE PREPARED BY:         Sis. Nimota Kelani

DATE:                                                January 31, 2007

SCRIPTURE:                                   Ecclesiastes: 4:2-3

 

Ecclesiastes: 4:2-3 “Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.”

 

The scripture above is pointing us to a philosophical question of whether life is worth it or not.  The scripture mentioned that considering all the suffering, pain, and disappointment that goes on in life and at the end of the day we still die anyway — IS LIFE WORTH IT?  Does it worth all the pain and suffering, all the hatred and envies, etc.  The answer to this ultimate question depend on individual view of what life means to them.  There are different views to this question:

 

(1)   If one takes the position that our life here is capped and culminated at death and that nothing comes after;

(2)   If you believe that this life is only a temporary stop on the way to something better, something eternal, then you will have another view.

 

Thus, in many ways, the answer to the question — IS LIFE WORTH IT?  Will depend on the question of death.  Is death the end or only the end of the beginning?

 

The bible gives us a clear understanding of where life comes from.  The book of Genesis chapter 2:7

 

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. “ 

 

We know for sure that life comes from the creator of heaven and earth, the omnipotent and the omniscience. 

 

The book of John chapter 5:26 said

 

“For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;” Our life has value because we are made in the image of God the creator.

 

However, if someone live a life of carelessness and sin sets in; such a life will be a wasted and worthless life. This is what Psalm 144: 3-4 is explaining to us — many have wasted their life.  Anyone who is living outside the will of God is living a wasted life.  The psalmist said, “LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.” 

 

What is a man that is living a sinful life of disobedience to God that God should take knowledge of him or make account of him?  Such a man is like vanity, a shadow that just passed away.  That is exactly how a life that is not working in the will of God is.  That is what happened in the life of King Solomon, the author of the book of Ecclesiastes.  This was the same man that wrote the book of proverbs when he was with God and working in his will.  Everything he wrote in proverbs was supposed to be what his life should be but the moment he took himself out of the will of God his life became worthless to him.  King Solomon violated the commandment of God in Deuteronomy 17:14-17 “When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.”

King Solomon got caught up in worldly things and forgot the commandment of God concerning his position.  He simply disobeyed God.  Let someone read Ecclesiastes chapter 2:1-20.  Look at verse 20 Solomon confirmed by saying that whatsoever his eyes desired he kept not from them, he withheld not his heart from any joy; for his heart rejoiced in all his labor: and this was his portion of all his labor.   If your life is on this path your life is not worth living and you are heading for destruction, you need to repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.

 

WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO DO TO ENJOY LIFE & MAKE IT WORTH LIVING?

 

1.   CONFESS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: You must be willing to confess Jesus Christ

as your personal lord and savior.   Matthew 10:32 says, “Whosoever therefore shall

confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

You must let him be the lord of and pilot of your life daily.  You must be willing to

confess him genuinely whether or not you are face with pleasure, pressure or

persecution.

 

2.    LOOSE YOUR LIFE FOR CHIRST SAKE: Mathew 10:39 says “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”  And Mark 8:35-36For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Clinging to this life may cause us to forfeit the best from Christ in this world and the world after.  The more we love this life’s rewards, its pleasure, power, popularity or financial security, the more we will discover how empty they really are.  The only way to enjoy life and make it worth living for us is to loosen our greedy grasp on earthly rewards so that we can be free to follow Christ.  In doing so we will inherit eternal life and begin at once to experience the benefits of following Christ.

 

3.     YOU MUST KNOW THAT LIFE IS SHORT:  You cannot afford to waste a second

of your time on this earth without knowing Jesus.  King David wrote in Psalm 39:4-6

LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may

know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age

is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah

(pause and think). Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in

vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. 

If you take this scripture in its content you may not understand what is means but if

you pause and think as the writer said SELAH you will know that life is too short to be

lost in vain glory of this world.  You must constantly realize that life is short no matter

how long you live.  Ironically people spend so much time securing their lives on earth

and don’t think at all or they just think little about where they would spend eternity. 

King David realizes that riches, wealth power and other worldly materials without

Jesus is nothing but vanity.  The book of James chapter 4 verses 14 said life is too short

no matter how long you live also said “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the

morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and

then vanisheth away.” 

A life without Gods purpose is meaningless.   Therefore, brethren live a live that glorify

God and your life will be a life that is worth living.

 

You must live a life filled with God if you are to enjoy life and make it worthwhile on

this earth.  The whole of man’s purpose is to fear God and keep his commandments, then we can find a life that is worth living and everything will not be vanity of vanities.  Life will be real, vibrant, exciting, exhilarating.  This is the kind of meaning that we were to build our lives upon.

Everything is vanity, pessimistic meaningless apart from God.  But if you enthrone God in the center of your life, you will discover all that God designed you to be.  Trust Him, worship Him, follow Him, Love Him, Fellowship with Him, and you will be able to rejoice all the days of your life.

 

IS THERE ANYONE HERE WHO HAS NOT GIVEN THEIR LIFE TO CHRIST?  THIS IS THE TIME. 

 

Let us rise up for prayer.

 

1.                  Ask God to forgive you for running after vainglory of this world.

2.                  Ask God to help you live a life that will glorify him.

3.                  Ask God to empower you to sawn worldly things and to love heavenly things.

4.                  Ask for the Holly Spirit to repair you prayer alter if it has been altered.

5.                  Holy Spirit, advertise your signs and wonders in my life, in Jesus’ name.

6.                  My testimonies shall multiply, in the name of Jesus.

 

Heavenly, father we thank you for this day — for this is the day that you have made and we will rejoice and glad in it in the name of Jesus.  We thank you for the opportunity of life that you have given us to hear your word.  Holy Spirit we appreciate you for bring the understanding of the word to the table of our heart, let it profit our spirit, soul and body in the name of Jesus.  Thank you Rock of Ages, because we know that because you live our life is worth living.  And we know that you are our redeemer the mighty on of Jacob.  Thank you Lord.

 

May the Lord bless and keep you; may the Lord turn his face towards you and be gracious unto you; may he lift up his countenance and give you peace that surpasses all understanding in Jesus name. Amen and Amen.