Monday, November 9, 2015

What's It All About?

By Andrea Merrell

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God, and keep his commandments;
for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV


“What’s it all about, Daddy? Why did God put us here?”

This line came from a TV sitcom, but it's a true problem for many people. Even the old song which asks, “What’s it all about, Alfie?”  begs an answer to this ageless question.

Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for each of us. A plan and a purpose. But we can spend our entire life looking for the right path, struggling to find ways to please God and accomplish that purpose.

We hear things like: Work for God. Serve Him. Volunteer your time. Tithe. Give to the needy. Visit the widows and orphans. Read your Bible. Pray. These are all good (and necessary) things, but we can get so caught up in the doing that we lose the being part of our existence. What we do does not determine who we are ... only knowing who we are in Christ.

So, what does God expect from us? What’s it really all about? Sometimes we make our Christian walk difficult and complicated when it’s supposed to be a matter of following Him with simple, childlike faith.

The writer of Ecclesiastes sums it up very succinctly when he says, Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

That’s what it's truly all about.

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