Meaningless Automobiles

God, Jesus, Psychology

I like Ecclesiastes.  It’s a scary book of the Bible unless you read it in one sitting.  The author’s premise seems to be something like “All of life and existence is meaningless without God.”

He points to death, the great equalizer, showing that everyone ends up in the same place at the end: rotting in the ground.  Amassing wealth, making a name for yourself, or being the best in your profession don’t have any meaning because you’ll be forgotten one day. Being popular, having power or being poor don’t matter.  You’ll be forgotten one day.  He goes on and on, pointing out that even wisdom and knowledge are meaningless.  The writer, who has experienced everything life has to offer, states boldly that the activities and achievements that make up our lives have no intrinsic meaning.  Even righteous acts have no meaning.  They’ll be forgotten one day.

Meaningless, meaningless, meaningless.

You’ll be forgotten one day.

If you go to a Sunday morning worship gathering, it’s meaningless unless it is for the glory of God. Otherwise you’ve had an experience that you and others will eventually forget.

If you eat and drink it is meaningless unless it is for the glory of God. You’ll be energized and maybe enjoy the meal, but it will soon pass out of your system; you’ve done the same thousands of times before.

If you work a nine to five job it is meaningless unless it is for the glory of God.  You’ve gotten a paycheck that will be spent and forgotten, you’ve completed projects that will be forgotten.

If you write a blog post it is meaningless unless it is for the glory of God.  You may have contributed to the knowledge or thought of the world, but you’ll be forgotten soon enough.

All of your religious practices are meaningless unless they are for the glory of God.  Otherwise you’ve “made yourself a better person” who will be forgotten one day.

The only meaning in human life is found in God, as revealed in Jesus Christ, because it is our chief purpose to know God and enjoy him forever.  You don’t drive a car that is missing an engine.  You don’t use a phone that doesn’t have a battery. It’s a useless, meaningless object.  If we don’t glorify God and enjoy him then we are like the engineless car or the uncharged phone.

We’ll either be fixed or forgotten.


4 thoughts on “Meaningless Automobiles

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

    Interesting the word “duty” isn’t in the hebrew text.

      1. Well, it seems that “duty” has a negative relational connotation these days. So it should either drop the term, or use another term like “morality” or perhaps a dynamic equivalence phrase like “this is what it means to be human” (maybe this is too much, but whatever…translation is fun!).

        “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole of man.”

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