“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
This bit of Ecclesiastes is a beautiful piece of poetry. Although much of Ecclesiastes is pretty depressing. It looks for some sort of fulfilment, some sort of hope. That’s partly why, after studying Ecclesiastes in our Church Bible study, we then moved on to Matthew’s Gospel.
Anyway. I guess you could also say that there’s a time for 3 deadlines in 2 days, and a time for rest afterwards. Let’s just say that Wednesday was productive. I enjoy being productive – it seems to give a sense of purpose to the day. But where does that purpose come from?
I could spell it out step-by-step, but I may as well cut to my answer: Jesus.
In our recent Events Week, a group of us did some dramas. One of those was called Lady Penelope, which is a fairly short and light-hearted drama. But it had an impact. The idea was that Lady Penelope lived a perfect, privileged life – she had all she could ever want, and was super intelligent to boot. But then, one day, she just… died.
And that was the end of the drama. And I think it sums up the book of Ecclesiastes quite well. You can be poor or rich, good or bad, but we all end up dead.
But then see how the Gospels show that fulfilment, that hope, that purpose, which seems so lacking in Ecclesiastes. What’s different? Jesus is there.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Potentially the most famous verse in the Bible summing up why Jesus came.
And I think this verse from Colossians summing up the purpose of everything we do: giving glory to God.
“ And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Assessments are not fun. Sometimes stressful, often difficult. It’s so easy to become self-absorbed, and forget about God whilst struggling to find another 50 words to write. Perhaps remembering the purpose of doing it would make it a little more bearable…