Ecclesiastes 7:1 – “A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth.”
This is one of the most thought-provoking verses in the Bible for me, because it reminds me that time is not on the side of humanity. I don’t mean to make it sound like a war, but literally from the minute our life on earth begins the clock starts ticking until the end.
While life is forever in those who know Jesus, but not for those who don’t, this means that eventually ministry will come to an end. Making an eternal impact will stop. Reaching out to those in need won’t be necessary anymore.
That’s why I take this verse seriously. Make it all count. Don’t waste your time.
If anyone in Scripture knew this truth best, it would be the author of Ecclesiastes (who many believe to be King Solomon). He’d slept with tons of women, accumulated massive amounts of money, and acquired as much stuff as he wanted. However, as he got old he looked back on his life and realized none of it was worth it. It just separated him from God and the aspects of life that truly matter.
Everyone’s heard the adage, “time is money.” Call me melodramatic, but I think it should instead be, “time is life,” because time governs life far more than money does (Also, as a reading of Ecclesiastes and James 5:1-6 will tell, landing a ton of money can be a waste of time).
Another reason I love this verse is because it applies to everyone; no human is exempt from death.
Chew on Ecclesiastes 7:1 and reflect.
What’s that one task you need to get done this week? What desires and visions has God been putting on your life? Take it a step further.
What’s wasting your time in getting there? Get off Xbox. Stop watching TV. Turn off FaceBook. Good things can waste our time, too (1 Corinthians 6:12). What do your weekends and free days look like? How about those extra three hours you’ve got each Thursday?
What’s keeping you from making it count?