What is the meaning of life? Is there a point to what we do every day? We’re all born, and we will all die—but is that it? If this is all there is, there’s nothing stopping us from just trying to make every day about us.
In the book of Ecclesiastes, we see the struggle of a man named Solomon, who had everything the world to offer, but still felt empty. Solomon had power, fame, wealth, relationships, but none of it was helping him give meaning to life. In Ecclesiastes 3:9-11, he wrote, “What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
Throughout all of chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, Solomon was trying to make sense of life, but what he forgot about was faith. He knew that there had to be something more—look at verse 11, where he says that God placed eternity in our hearts. That means that deep down, we all know there is something beyond just what we can see with our eyes.
This life is not all there is. Eternity is real, and compared to it this life is so temporary. When we realize this, everything we do will take on a new meaning; we won’t want to live for only the here and now, but for eternity.
Our lives are not meaningless when we have the right connection. Think of something like a vacuum; it was designed with a purpose in mind, but unless it is connected to the right source, it isn’t going to work. But as soon as it’s plugged in, the vacuum can do what it was invented to do.
And just as impossible as it is for a vacuum to work without its power source, it’s impossible for us to please God without faith. That is how we can begin to shift our focus from this temporary life to the eternal life we can have with Christ in His Kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 9:25-26, Paul wrote these words: “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step…”
Without faith in God, it doesn’t matter what we do—even things like going to church, reading our Bible, doing good things, are meaningless unless we do it out of faith in our Creator. Do everything you do for the glory of God by leveraging every moment to work for that eternal prize. Purposefully live your life with an eternal perspective by making a difference for the Kingdom of God.