Today's Devotional Thought
September 17, 2013 by Rachel Piferi
What are your priorities? What do you spend your time doing? What do you spend your money on? Who gets your attention?
Financial analysts will tell you to look at your debit card record or charge card bill to see what your financial priorities are. For social priorities, you can look at your datebook, PDA, or calendar to see who you are spending time with. When you look at your bank statements or calendars, what do you see? Do you see a lot of time and money spent on things that are not important? Or do you see a lot of your time and money spent on the Lord?
King Solomon was the richest man of his time. Read through I Kings 10 and you will see how much wealth he had. He was so wealthy that he had many goblets and other household items made of pure gold. He had countless chariots and horses. And, he was accumulating riches daily. Solomon was the richest king on Earth.
He was also the wisest.
And, in Ecclesiastes 2, Solomon demonstrates his wisdom by saying, "I denied myself nothing my eyes desire; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun" (v. 10-11).
When you look at these verses, you can very clearly see how Solomon views the rewards of his labor. He reports that everything was meaningless that came from the hard work that he had done. All of his riches and earthly rewards meant nothing. In fact, all through the book of Ecclesiastes he talks about how all of his riches, all of his pleasures, all of his hard work, and even his wisdom are meaningless by themselves. True meaning only comes from God and doing His work.
As it says in I Corinthians 15, nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
How are you spending your time? How are you spending your money? Are you spending them on meaningful things for the Lord? Or are you merely amassing your own personal fortunes? Are you concerned only with your own advancement or are you focused on promoting God's work on Earth?
I encourage you to evaluate your priorities today. Look at your checkbook and your calendar and decide if you are spending your resources on the Lord and His work. Just remember that everything is meaningless if it is not done for the Lord and that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.