As Christians, we understand that our true home is in heaven. We are merely visitors here on Earth, and the things of this world are nothing more than temporary vessels to be used to glorify God. King Solomon was wise in his observation that everything is meaningless, as it is only when we put our trust and faith in God that we will find true fulfillment and purpose.

We live in a world where people strive to gain wealth, fame, power, and possessions. However, these earthly items are not what matters most. They may provide comfort or joy for today, but will ultimately be left behind when our time here ends. Thus, all of these things have no real value if they do not bring us closer to God.

Therefore, King Solomon’s words should serve as an important reminder: We should use the blessings that God has given us to build up His kingdom, rather than focusing solely on collecting material items for our own benefit. By doing so, we can ensure that we are storing up treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:20).

We should heed the words of King Solomon and remember that all the things of this world are indeed meaningless if they do not lead us closer to God. Ultimately, it is only by trusting Him with our lives that we can truly experience joy, peace, and fulfillment here on Earth and an eternity spent in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Referenced Verses:
Ecclesiastes 1:2
1 Kings 4:30
1 Kings 10:23
Ecclesiastes 1:14
Matthew 6:19-20
2 Corinthians 4:18
Psalm 57:2
Colossians 3:2


Video Transcript

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So, today we are going to get into the heart of the lesson, and it comes from the wisest man who’s ever lived, King Solomon. “‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!’” That’s Ecclesiastes 1:2.

Ecclesiastes is an amazing book in the Bible. Yes, it is a dismal, sad, down-hearted book, but that’s only if you see it that way. If you choose to see it as wisdom shared from the wisest man of all, Ecclesiastes is perhaps one of the most excellent books in the Old Testament.

Of course, you can’t pick and choose what the best are because it’s the whole Bible which is incredible. And, if you want to choose the very best book, it would be one that gives someone salvation. So, whatever it is for them, that is the one.

Either way Ecclesiastes, the wisest man on earth, King Solomon, wrote that book. So, Verse 1 – or Chapter 1, Verse 2, “‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher…’” – he is the teacher – “‘…Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’”

Now, why did he say this? Well, he said this because he has tried everything and determined that nothing matters. Why doesn’t anything matter? Well, he means nothing matters on earth…kind of sobering, nothing matters.

Anything you do it’s meaningless, doesn’t matter. Now does that mean you’re supposed to lose hope? No! It means we have hope because nothing here is for us. This is not our world, this is not our Kingdom, we are not of this world. We are from a heavenly Kingdom. As a Christian, we are under the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our ruler, our King. Therefore, our Kingdom comes from above.

So, things here? Meaningless. Now, does that mean we choose not to live here? We want to be depressed all the time? No, we have a mission and a calling to achieve here and that is what gives us meaning and a purpose. So, before we dive in, you may say, “Well, why the heck should we listen to King Solomon just because you say he is the wisest man? Is that true? Yes, it is.

Turn with me to 1 Kings 4:30. Alright, 1 Kings 4:30, “Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the east, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite, wiser than Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations.”

We could keep going about all the great things Solomon has done. He did all this. I mean read the rest of that. He has done so much. Now, he – his wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the east, okay, wiser than any other man including all these people, greater than all the wisdom in Egypt. This is incredible. He is the wisest man that ever lived at that point in time and still to this day. No one has been wiser than him.

You may say, “Well, what about Aristotle who did all this stuff with the plants and figured all this stuff out?” Wait a minute. Here we go. Let’s go to Solomon, “He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds and reptiles and fish.” He did it first. He taught it before Aristotle or anybody else you can name. Solomon knew it.

Alright, continuing 1 Kings 10:23, okay, 1 Kings 10:23, “King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.”

This was truly the wisest man of all and also the wealthiest. Why was he wealthy? Well, because God asks Solomon, “What do you want? I will give you anything you want.” And, he said, “I want wisdom.” And, God said, “Because you’ve asked for wisdom rather than riches or fame, which I would have given you, I will give you wisdom, and I will also give you riches and fame beyond that of anyone who ever is and whoever will be.”

Pretty incredible, pretty incredible. So, that’s why we listen to King Solomon because he is the wisest man out there. He’s teaching you a very important lesson. He’s passing on some of his great wisdom to you and it is up to you to decide what to do with it.

Hopefully, this message will help you decide what to do with it and how to internalize it and then externalize it to share with others and to continue on in your walk with Christ serving your purpose and your calling. He says everything is meaningless. Of course, like we said, he is referring to everything on Earth.

So, we are going to go to Ecclesiastes 1:14 to discover a little bit more about what he means is meaningless. Because I have told you what it means, but let’s hear it from him. Alright, Verse 14 of Chapter 1, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind,” chasing the wind. Have you ever chased the wind? You can’t do it. You can run and run and run, but you’re not going to catch the wind.

How can you grasp the wind in your hand? You can’t hold it. You can’t harness it. It’s pretty meaningless to chase the wind. If you saw someone running down the street. You say, “What are you doing?” “I’m chasing the wind.” You’re going to think the guy is nuts because what he is doing is pointless. You can’t chase the wind. It’s like grasping onto water or oil in your hand and trying to hold it. No, it’ll keep running down through. You can’t do it. It’s meaningless.

So, this is just how meaningless it is, everything, “All the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” So, that’s everything done here under the sun, not in Heaven or for Heaven. If you’re working for the other Kingdom, that’s not meaningless. You need to remember that the only important thing in life is God.

Solomon knew that, and that is the point of the Book of Ecclesiastes. He says, “Look, I am so wise…” He’s not proud here. He’s saying this from a position of he has had everything, wealth, unbelievable wealth. He’s had everything you want, gold, silver, diamonds, anything. He’s had it. He’s got all the temples and the cedars and anything. He’s got ships, he’s got – today – cars, planes, jets, whatever. Solomon’s had it all.

Obviously, they didn’t have airplanes back then, but you what? He didn’t need an airplane to know he’s had everything you could possibly have in this world.

You may say, “Well, he didn’t have an iPhone.” Okay, it doesn’t matter. He had everything that this world has to offer. He probably had more knowledge than the iPhone can give you. How about that? Okay, Solomon had it all. He had friends, family, women, children, everything. He had it. He says all this stuff is meaningless.

The only thing that matters – we’ll come to that later on – but it’s two things, really it’s God. That’s it. That is the only important thing. Everything else is merely chasing after the wind.

So, we are going to support this. Let’s go to Matthew Chapter 6, Verse 19 and 20. Okay, this is an important part of the Bible. This is Jesus speaking now not Solomon.

Now, would you say Jesus He is, of course, wiser than Soloman because it is God? Jesus is God or Yahweh. It is His Son. They’re one in spirit like the Trinity. They are all one sharing everything, so, of course, the words of Jesus were, are – or were when you’re reading them, when He said them in the past – they’re still constant. The Word is living and active, and Jesus is alive.

So, His words ARE MORE than Soloman’s words, but where did Soloman get his wisdom? God. So, really it all came from Jesus anyway. How about that?

Okay, 6, Matthew Chapter 6, Verse 19, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

That’s very important. So, Solomon says everything is meaningless, everything, and he had everything. He had all the treasure, pirates’ gold, everything. He had it all, everything. He had it. Should I say it again? Solomon had everything, and he says it’s all meaningless.

Now, Jesus is saying do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth because they’re all temporary. They’re meaningless, but store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where they do not get destroyed. It’s lasting forever. Solomon knew that. He said everything under the sun, all the things under the sun. All of them are meaningless, chasing after the wind.

What is he talking about then? What is the meaning? What has meaning? God. Store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven.

If you focus on God, everything else will follow. You start being obedient. You listen to God. You’ll be richly blessed in wisdom, in earthly things if that’s what your purpose is. You’ll be blessed. You’ll have riches that no one can take away. I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about internal wealth, comes from within. You’ll be renewed. You’ll be living on God’s wealth, God’s food, your daily bread. Everything else is a chasing after the wind.

Don’t get overly worked up about things that happen here. They don’t matter. Remember trials produce endurance, endurance builds character, and character brings hope in the Lord. So, don’t let things make you bent all out of shape because remember everything is temporary.

And, for a little more support we’re going to go to 1 – or no, we’re going to go to 2 Corinthians 4:18. So, turn with me now, 2 Corinthians 4:18…4:18, here we go…so, “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is un…” – sorry – “…for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

I skipped a line there. We’re going to read it again. “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Okay, I hope you grasped that because it’s very, very important. It ties all this together.

Solomon says everything under the sun is meaningless. We can see everything under the sun. You may not have a hundred pounds of gold in your closet, but you could see a hundred pounds of gold. You can see it. You can see everything here. Whether you have or not, you have the ability to see it somehow. Whether you type it in on the Internet, Google gives you a picture of it, you can see literally everything on this earth under the sun.

Solomon says all of them is meaningless. Right here, 2 Corinthians says, “We fix our eyes not on what is seen.” Remember, Jesus said store up treasures in Heaven. We can’t see Heaven right now. Don’t store up treasures on earth. Okay, we fix our eyes on what is unseen – treasures in Heaven. Solomon, everything under the sun is meaningless. Focus on what’s not under the sun.

Corinthians, focus on what is unseen. What is seen is temporary. The things in this earth are temporary. Everything under the sun is temporary. Jesus says treasures on earth, moth, rust, thieves, destroy. What is unseen is eternal. Treasures in Heaven do not get destroyed – eternal.

Focus on treasures in Heaven. Everything here is temporary. Soon you’ll be living with God. We are not of this world. Build yourself treasures in Heaven. You will be there soon, and you will have them eternity. You need to focus on God. Make it your life’s ambition to live a godly life. That means every minute, every day. Remember TobyMac? 24/7, every minute, every day.

It’s very, very important. Be like God. He made you. He wants you to be like Him. You will lead others to Christ so they can be with you in Heaven. That is your treasure. Bring other people to Christ. Then, they will be with you in Heaven!

You will have vast treasures, all your people that you brought to Christ, through Christ. He gives you the ability to do so, and you will bring others to Christ. They will be with you in Heaven. How awesome is that? You will be storing up treasures.

We’re going to go to a couple more Verses before we wrap it up today. Number one is Psalms 57, Verse 2. Let’s go here real quickly, “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me.”

Now, this was written by King David, another good and wise man, the father of Solomon. Okay, King David – now this is when he fled from King Saul and was hiding out in a cave. So, he was undergoing some trials. He was building endurance and perseverance, and he had hope. And, he says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills His purpose for me.”

Let your purpose come from God. Don’t focus on earthly things here and have your purpose and your meaning come from a new Bentley in the driveway, or your $10,000 Rolex, or whatever you have, a Tesla, or, or whatever. Don’t let your purpose come from earthly things because guess what? Something will happen to them, they’re gone.

Let your purpose come from God. Time and time we’re seeing this. Jesus said it. Solomon said it. David said it., the letter to the Corinthians. Okay, focus on what is unseen. Let your purpose, let your meaning come from God, not from the things of this world.

One final Verse, Colossians, New Testament, it’ll be Colossians Chapter 3, Verse 2. I don’t have that one pre-marked. Alright here, Colossians 3:2. It says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” You need to fix your eyes on things above, on what is unseen, treasure in Heaven, not treasures on earth.

There is a common theme here. All of these verses, many different writers over thousands of years from David all the way to Jesus, are telling you…focus on treasure in Heaven, not here on earth. So, do so.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, thank you for the great wisdom provided in this book. It is truly, truly beyond our comprehension. Thank you for the words of Solomon and David and the authors in the New Testament, for the Apostle Paul and Jesus, and everybody that, that contributed to what we have learned here today. I ask that every single person out there would be blessed by this knowledge, that they would be able to internalize it and understand it, Lord.

Give them the Holy Spirit to be able to really get the meaning and to look up these verses and inspire them. Help them be on fire for you. Allow them to focus on what is unseen and store up for themselves treasures in Heaven, to not be so concerned with what goes on here on earth.

Don’t worry about the things in this world because they’re meaningless. It’s all temporary, and help them remember that everything comes from You and that they need to use it to further their purpose and their mission here on earth that comes from You. And, if they don’t know what that purpose is, Lord, I ask that you’d reveal that to them. Help them find it, and help them excel.

Doing it in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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