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Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.


The conclusion of the whole matter, fear God and keep His commandments. Sort of a simple bottom line isn’t it?


Abraham Lincoln quoted Ecclesiastes 1:4 to Congress during the darkest hours of the American Civil War when he said, “”One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.”


Our strife pertains to ourselves. All that we do, whether we be a good person or a bad person, whether we be black or white, rich or poor, conservative or liberal, Christian or non-Christian, Evangelical or Orthodox, we all go the way of the grave one day. Solomon was the richest and most wise man on the face of the earth in his day. After he had experienced it all and as he approached the end of his earthly life, his conclusion of the whole matter was that we should fear God and keep his commandments and that was our whole duty.


What is the LORD’s commandments? Matthew 22:36-40 teaches us that all of the law and the prophets come down to one thing and that is the love of God. We are to love the LORD and then love our neighbor as ourselves.


There is certainly nothing wrong with having things as the LORD gives them to us. However when it’s all said and done and we stand before our Creator the question is going to be, what did we do with the love of God that was entrusted to us. Did we hide it like the man with one talent did or did we take the love of God that had been given to us and double it by sharing it with others?