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Solomon’s Word to the Church

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (Amplified)
TO EVERYTHING there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven.

Oh, that we would take the time to think about the greatness of our God and the grand purpose that He has in His infinite wisdom and knowledge for us. Today, I must echo “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem” (Ecclesiastes 1:1). If the Preacher were to preach or write a message to the Church, he would say to us that there is a purpose for everything under heaven. Solomon would say to us “Walk prudently when you go to the house of God; and draw near to hear rather than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil” (Ecclesiastes 5:1, NKJV).

Roles in Perspective

There are many things that we can learn about our roles in this life. The following is my take on what we can learn from our individual roles through the lens of Scripture. Whatever role you may be playing in this stage of your life, you can only find your significance in fulfilling your responsibility. It is not a position to hold or a title to carry but your role is your God-given responsibility. Let us take the time to enumerate your importance in God’s plan. You may be a father, a mother, a husband or a wife, a daughter or a son, a community leader or a pastor; whatever your function in society, you are significant to God:

Fathers are indispensable to God because they are the leaders and priests of their homes (Eph. 6:4).

Mothers are significant in God’s plan because they carry, give birth, raise and nurture the hearts/life of the next generation of leaders (2 Timothy 1:5-7; 2 Timothy 3:14-15; John 19:27).

Husbands are essential because they, like Christ, are the sanctifiers of their wives and children (Ephesians 5:25-27).

Wives are of great virtue because they complement their husbands and are an ornament of grace to their own husbands (Proverbs 31).

Children are a blessing because they bring honor to their parents and teach them the responsibility and value of caring for the human soul (Psalms 127:3; Ephesians 6:1-3).

Circumstances are inevitable because they teach us God’s unfailing love even when we are not loveable (Romans 8:37-39).

Trials are important because they teach us patience, how to surrender wholeheartedly to God with joy in our hearts, and how to depend on God’s immutable character and faithfulness (James 1:2-4).

Pastors play a vital role in God’s eternal plan as they are charged before God and the Lord Jesus Christ to be the watchmen, overseers, and shepherds of our souls under the Lordship of Christ (Ezekiel 33:6, 17-19; Proverbs 24:30-34; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 Peter 5).

God is of utmost importance because He is the Awesome Creator, and Sustainer of all things; the Source of all knowledge; the sovereign Ruler and Judge of all things to whom all man must give an account to in the end (Psalms 115:3-8; Psalms 135:6; Romans 9:19-20) . He is indescribable and worthy of all praise and adoration (Psalms 145:3).

A Solemn Charge

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). It is my prayer that the Church would rise up to take her place in God’s eternal purposes for her and that Christians would assume their God-given responsibilities as kingdom citizens.

You think about that!

4 Responses to Solomon’s Word to the Church

  1. Chad Dean March 13, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Thank you for the contribution and the great work, truly a blessing to me and I am sure would be to a lot of people in the body of Christ.

  2. Nikkele March 19, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I love how you categorized the natural roles we have and assigned a biblical mandate to each. It is important to realize we have responsibilities that come by virtue of the fact we are Christians. If more people realized that, I don’t think we’d have so many people who only feel important to God when they are publicly recognized as having a special purpose.

  3. D. Parker-Owens March 26, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Well said. What an inspiration! No one needs a platform to be a minister, when we leave our homes daily we walk into untraveled territories although we may travel in the same path daily. God places people in our paths so we can shine like the light of the earth, but most often we become self-entered and forget God’s purpose for our lives because of a sudden distraction. Some times one harsh word will change the atmosphere, but we must remember, we choose how we want to feel and what we allow to throw us off track. Most often, it is because man does not give us a pat on the back. We forget, God has our front, back and sides. Once we discover God’s purpose, and act on God’s purpose for our lives while living His word, blessings will flow and each of us will remember that no man is an island. Welcome those whom God places in our paths. They will cause us to enrich our prayer life. We’ll stay on bended knees. Purposes in God’s Kingdom are like links of a chain, they must all connect to experience the true Glory of the Lord. The bottom-line is, we are significant. Wear your hats and stand tall. Listen for God’s charge. Pray and stay in the Word to be recharged.

  4. Jayem June 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Jesus did not travel to EVERY town and heal EVERY peorsn. She used this as a reminder that as women who have a passion for Jesus, it’s hard sometimes to not want to go everywhere and do everything but we can’t. She encouraged us to strengthen believers to start strengthening other believers so our mission continues to be spread, even when we can’t. What a great reality. I struggled with this statement for a few days after I heard this and still don’t know what this exactly looks like in my life but I will continue to pray for a healthy balance because we must Run With Perseverance The Race That Is Set Before Us Hebrews 12:1-2 which will be for our lifetimes! Allowing others to pour into you is important as well! Take time to receive those blessings from others, even though at times, it may be so hard because we are constantly thinking of our next way to encourage others. Sometimes giving is easier than receiving! But to have those friends, mentors, teachers, or family members we can listen to or just talk to is a nice source of rejuvenation.


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