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Ashes: Mortality // Eternity

March 24

Writer: Beth Leung

Key Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-10; Psalm 90; James 4

Big Idea: God designed our universe with a lifespan and cycles all pointing to a reality – life is finite. When we live our lives in light of eternity, it brings focus and clarity to our present reality. For those who have placed their trust in Jesus, eternity starts the second we accept Jesus as our Savior. What would be different if we believed our lives on earth are temporary? What gives our lives meaning: Shaping our lives today in light of what matters tomorrow.

At the beginning of the new year my husband and I became enthralled with a new show on Netflix called, Tidying up With Marie Kondo.  In each episode Marie Kondo works with a family who is overwhelmed by clutter and mess.  Following her step-by-step process, Marie helps the family sort through their stuff and make decisions on what to keep, things that spark joy, and what to pass on.  We watched each episode three times and decided to go through the process in our own home.  As we sorted through our material things, we started to also consider the other ‘things’ in our life.  The things that take up our time or money, and how much those things actually mean to us.  We asked ourselves why we are spending time on this activity, and why aren’t we doing more of that?

In the Bible we are reminded repeatedly that our lives are finite.  If you read a genealogy in the Old Testament, such as Genesis 5, you’ll see the words “and he died” over and over again. It is a fact for every life on earth that our lives are temporary.  And while these words are sobering, when we consider them in light of the Gospel, we know our lives are more than temporary.  Our time on earth is temporary, but our lives will continue on for eternity in Heaven with God. It is this hope of heaven that gives us clarity for our lives today on earth. 

In Ecclesiastes, Solomon reflects on the seasons of life.  There is a time to build, a time to destroy, a time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted.  As I read the passage, I thought of it in terms of being a new parent.  There is a time for diapers, and a time for potty training, there is a time for sleepless nights, and there will be a time (I hope) for sleeping through the night.  Each season of our lives brings its own challenges and priorities.  

I have been reminded so, so many times by people older than myself to cherish these moments, because the days will go by quickly and children grow up so fast.  This season of having a newborn will not last forever, soon we will find ourselves into the toddler, middle school, and teen years, and eventually the empty nest.  What will matter at the end of our lives as we look back?  How much money we spent on a car?  Probably not.  Whether our daughter wore new or used clothes?  Probably not.  If we brought our family to church and served together?  Yes.  If we participated in a small group and Bible study?  Yes.  If we went on a GO team?  Yes. 

In Silicon Valley we have so many choices for activities, events, and opportunities.  We can easily become overwhelmed by the abundance of choices and end up cluttering our lives so much that we crowd out Bible reading or serving at church.  As we plan out our lives and live through our seasons, we should do so with eternity in mind.  We should devote our time and resources towards the priorities of our seasons, but we should also devote time and resources towards heavenly matters.  Our lives are not without direction; we know the days and years are building up to the day we join God in heaven.  Life is not purposeless; our purpose is to glorify God and serve Him.

Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-10, Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 6:25-34

Discussion Questions:

  • Identify something that is cluttering your walk with God.  What steps can you take to remove or replace it? 
  • What is something you can add to your life on a daily basis that will benefit your walk with God?
  • Matt. 6:27 tells us not to worry, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Is there something causing you worry that you need to release to God?
  • With eternity in mind, what are ways you can bring glory to God and serve Him in this season of your life?

Daily Readings:

3/25 Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

3/26 Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

3/27 Ecclesiastes 5:8-20

3/28 Ecclesiastes 6:1-6

3/29 Ecclesiastes 6:7-12

3/30-31 – Ecclesiastes 4:4-12

Prayer Focus: Let’s pray for God to help us view our everyday life in the context of eternity with Him.

Past Series Curriculum

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