March 23, 2020 The Most Important Thing
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
The writer of Ecclesiastes had lived a long life and was looking back on his achievements and his failures; the things he had pursued and the things he had failed to pursue. At the end of his life he had come to see things in their proper perspective. He recognized that the things he thought were important were not very important after all. And the things he had taken for granted may have been the most important things. One of those things was his relationship with God, which he finally concluded was the most important of all his neglected pursuits.
Many things are getting our attention today. One of our priorities should be God.
May the love of Christ be ever with you