The Most Important Thing

Read

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV)
10Whoever loves money never has enough;
whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.
This too is meaningless.

Reflect

When Solomon succeeded David as king, God told him he would be given anything he asked for. Given that opportunity, what would you ask for?

Solomon could have asked for the expansion of his kingdom or the death of his enemies. He could have asked for money or power or fame. Instead, he asked for wisdom. He told God he wanted to be the best leader he could be for the people. God was very impressed with Solomon’s unselfish request. God not only granted Solomon the wisdom he asked for, but also wealth, honor, and success.

Solomon had more money than he knew what to do with. He had worldly power. He had a couple of hundred wives. Yet Solomon wrote that all of his riches were meaningless.

King Solomon knew what George Strait would sing thousands of years later:

You don’t bring nothin’ with you here
And you can’t take nothin’ back
I ain’t never seen a hearse
with a luggage rack.

We tend to measure our success in life based on how many friends we have or the kind of clothes we wear or our talents or athletic abilities. But in the end, none of that will matter. When we meet God, the only thing we’ll have to show is how well we followed Jesus and how well we treated those around us. So, the most important thing in life is how we live it to honor God.

Respond

If you were to meet God today, what would you have to show? Spend some time in prayerful meditation, considering whether your priority is pursuing worldly riches and popularity or pursuing God’s honor and blessings.

Relate

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.