Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The Duty Of Every Person

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Solomon started out this book stating that everything is meaningless. As one reads through it, he shows how worthless everything is in this life. People are born, they live for a while and they die. There does not appear to be any meaning in this life for what a person goes through.

As he finishes the book, he points out that everything has been considered and he came up with a conclusion. That conclusion is that the whole purpose of every person on this earth is to fear God and obey Him.

Having this viewpoint in a person’s life, puts God as the One who is in absolute control of everything and knows what is best for everyone. In the end this will be seen when God brings every deed into judgment. This is not just the deeds that are physically seen, but those that are hidden behind closed doors, or are hidden inside the thoughts of the mind.

This judgment will also include all deeds, both the good ones and the sinful ones. God is not just one-sided, He looks at everything, the whole person.

Some people may now say that keeping His commandments is difficult. On the surface this appears to be true, but if you really look at it, there are only two commandments to really keep. Those commandments are: love God, and love your neighbor.

If you are showing true love to God and your neighbor, you will not do anything to harm either one in any way. This includes harmful thoughts in the quiet of your mind, along with the physical actions many do.

Many people are searching for a purpose in this world. You may be searching for your purpose in this world. Now you know what it is: love God and love your neighbors.

Show your love to God and your neighbors by telling them about Jesus and what Jesus has done and will do for them. Be the witness of Jesus to this world today. That is what Jesus did and wants you to do today.

I pray today that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will see the opportunities to be His witness; that you will love God; and that you will show God’s love to everyone else.

1 Timothy 5:24-25 Every Action Revealed

“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.” 1 Timothy 5:24-25

After laying out some general ways of living Paul talks about sins and good deeds. These are both the good and bad actions of people everywhere.

People everywhere have sins in their life. Believers try to keep it quiet and not let it be known. They try to keep their sins in the closet.

Another believer who is striving to live correctly may see these sins and wonder why God is allowing that person to get away with it. God is patient and chooses the best time to deal with a person’s sin. It will be judged eventually by God. Some sins God deals with immediately. The person gets caught, or something goes wrong in their life because of that sin.

One who is an extreme alcoholic may not appear to have any consequences at the time for his problem. Later in life, however, there comes a time when there will be many health complications and he pays a price for his sin.

At the same time on the opposite side is those who do good deeds. Many times a person does something good and no one seems to notice. At work a person goes above and beyond the required work, then watches another get promoted first. Those good deeds have not gone unnoticed. If no one else, God has seen them. In the right time they will be made known.

If you are living with a sin, know that God sees it and will bring you to judgment some day, if you do not change. Also if you are doing good deeds, and no one seems to notice, God does and some day will reward you for them.

Nothing remains hidden forever. People may not see them for a time, but God always sees them, whether in secret or in public.

Do not allow yourself to live with a sin.

Do not give up on doing good deeds. God will reward you accordingly some day.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to turn from any secret sins in your life; that God will pour out His blessings on you for your good deeds; that you will rejoice with others doing good deeds; and that you will pray for others living in sin.