“Listen to the Preacher!”

“Listen to the Preacher!”

It’s been one of those weeks! It has whizzed by so quickly, and I’m not sure what all I/we accomplished! Have you ever had one of those weeks? Aside from all the busy-ness, I was reading Ecclesiastes this morning, before I had to rush off to Denver. I read about a wise man postulating that everything is vanity. You can’t take your work and all your gain from it to the grave and beyond.  Someone else will reap the gain of all the profits from your labors. Two things really stood out as I read from Ecclesiastes:

Ecc. 4:9 & 11,12 9Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, because they have a good reward for their labor.  11Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? 12Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

We sure do need each other! With all the evil and sin around us, we can quickly be overwhelmed. With the negative news, you feel like you are drowning.  Family can be a weight on your shoulders, as well. Even if they are wonderful Christians, they may have terrible burdens, and they expect you to fix things for them!  My, my, my! How can we fix things that only God can fix? Then there is the family member that is so sick. Surgery is imminent. They are fearful. “What if it’s …?  What if I die? I’m scared.” I am going to go hold their hand! Why? Because I can keep them warm! When I join them in a prayer of agreement, God steps in.  Ecclesiastes, the Preacher, says a 3-fold cord is not easily broken. That means the Holy Spirit wraps Himself around us, our loved ones, and dear church family. His warmth and strength makes the impossible possible.

The other passage? “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them.’”  Ecc. 12:1

The Preacher warns: Serve God while you’re young! Don’t let the invincibility of youth persuade you that you can start serving God after you’ve had your fun. Why? All that stuff you did thinking it was fun? It isn’t so fun after all. Sin has consequences! Yes, you can be forgiven, but even if sins are washed away in the Blood of Jesus, your life of sin will follow you.

I, therefore, conclude: As the Body of Christ, we need each other, along with God’s power and light in our lives at all times.

Let’s pay attention to the Preacher — No, not me,

but Ecclesiastes!

Pastor Stan