Gospel links for gospel culture (12/07)
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How much will be enough? “Just a little more,” we think. But to chase “enough” on earth is to, as Solomon says, “chase the wind.” We can take some important cues from Solomon in this regard. As one of the most powerful and most prestigious kings in all of history, he had more than he could have ever dreamed. In Ecclesiastes 2:4-11, he recounts all the material goods he had managed to acquire. Mansions, gardens, lakes, servants, livestock, silver and gold, concubines, art, and artists! In the end, he calls the entire work of accumulation “futile” (v.11). Why?
In countless conversations over the years with others of all ages and stages in the church, I have gradually realized that there may be some toxic ingredients present in our view of and our functional behavior concerning singleness in this culture. I use “our” purposefully, in that I have been a contributing participant, and to include both single and married believers as well.
Unfortunately, many Christians approach next year’s big commitments for Bible reading with a little trepidation, and perhaps even some guilt. This may be the third or fourth year that they’ve said they want to do a Bible reading plan, an ambitious one that takes them through the Bible in a year, or even a plan with lighter expectations. And yet they’ve found they lapse inevitably after a few weeks or months. “This year will be different,” they say, and they get ready to start a new reading plan. They look at the different options out there (some of which I’ve described before), and settle on one that is going to help them through the year.
The Gospel Project’s editorial team contributed to this post. Photo: Pixabay