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Put God in your life. Get right with God while you can
Ecclesiastes 12

Today we are going to finish up our mini study of the book of Ecclesiastes.

In our first lesson in Ecclesiastes we examined Solomon's charge to enjoy our lives.
Ultimately, the greatest joy one can experience is peace with God and the forgiveness of sins.

In our second lesson in Ecclesiastes we tackled Solomon's thesis; the thesis that life is meaningless and empty and this was our conclusion: God makes life make sense. God makes like purposeful and worth living

Today, I want to lead you in a study of Ecclesiastes 12. In this last section of the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon issues this simple call "Put God in your life. Get right with God while you can"

In the time that remains we are going to talk about WHY we are to put God in our lives, WHEN to put God into our lives, and HOW to put God into our lives. READ Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14

Introductory thoughts:

1. Ecclesiastes 12:11 makes us think of Jesus-- The Good Shepherd

The one Shepherd: Firstly it is a reference to God in relation to Israel, for He was their shepherd; taking them from Egypt to the Promised Land and looking after them.

The one Shepherd: In John 10:11 Jesus claims to be God by declaring himself to be "The good shepherd".

For centuries a favourite image of Christ for Christians has been of Jesus as the Good, true, and only Shepherd. As Shepherd Jesus feeds us, cares for us, protects us, loves us, guides us, comes after us when we wander.

2. The warning of Ecclesiastes 12:12 reminds me of the warning of Revelation 22:18-19 and Galatians 1:8 (read)

3. Solomon's view of aging is sobering and depressingly one sided. (Ecclesiastes 12:1-5)

How Solomon describes old age: They are days: full of trouble, fear, withering and stooped, diminishing number of ones friends, sleep interrupted, bad hearing, bad eyesight, low libido.

While what Solomon says is true to a degree, not every seniors days are days of misery. Old age has some benefits. Most older adults are happy and very active.

The point:

a. Enjoy your life and health while you can!
b. Old age and its afflictions remind us that we shrivel and die because of sins curse. It's part of the consequence of our rebellion against God. As Romans 3:23 says; "The wages of sin is death". The cure is Christ and his resurrection. The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


KEY LESSON FOR TODAY: PUT GOD IN YOUR LIFE. TURN TO GOD WHILE YOU CAN

In Ecclesiastes 12:1 it says "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them."

In Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 the call is repeated; "Remember him- before the silver cord is severed, or the golden bowl is broke; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, or the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it."

In the time that remains I want to explore the point: "Put God in your life" by way of 3 questions. Why? When? How?

WHY PUT GOD IN YOUR LIFE?

a. Because God makes life make sense. God makes life purposeful and worth living
b. Because it's the wise thing to do. As Proverbs 9:10 says; "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
c. Because we are weak, fragile, and needy
d. Because it fulfills the command to "fear God" and it is our duty to serve and obey him 12:13
e. Because you are accountable to Him for how you live your life. Judgment day is coming. Ecclesiastes 12:14. Not only does Ecclesiastes teach this, so does the rest of Scripture. As Hebrews 9:27; 'It is appointed unto men once to do, and after this the judgment."
f. Because living God's way is the way to be blessed and the way to avoid the dangerous pitfalls of life (bad company, horrible moral decisions, etc)
g. Because if we don't, we will die in our sins and go to Hell. In John 8:24 Jesus says; "if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."

WHEN SHOULD YOU PUT GOD IN YOUR LIFE?

a. When you are young is best!

One can't do better than a whole life lived with God-- growing and maturing , being helped and sheltered under God's protective wings, avoiding the pitfalls of life, sparing oneself the miseries that others get into

b. Right now-- before you die--- for who knows when they are going to die

In Hebrews 3:12-15 it says; "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."

In 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 it says; "As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. "I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."

In Isaiah 55:6-7 it says; "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.


HOW TO PUT GOD IN YOUR LIFE?

-humbly confessing your sin and need of HIm
-by prayer, in faith not resting on your own works to get you into Heaven
-demonstrably-- showing forth your genuine commitment in your pursuit of the righteousness of Christ

Some verses

"The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them." Psalm 145:18-19

"Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved." Acts 16:31

Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." John 6:29

"if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

CONCLUSION

When you think about this little series that we have been in, think this:

1. Enjoy your life
2. God makes life make sense. He's the key to enjoying your life and having it make sense
3. Put God in your life. Today we talked about WHY? WHEN? and HOW? to do this.



Final song: Lord I offer my life to you.