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!