Focal passages: Ecclesiastes 2:18-23; 3:9-13
Several months ago, I had a conversation with a friend who is getting ready to retire. He began building his company at a young age and had spent the last 40-plus years investing time, energy and heart into it. His company had grown beyond his wildest dreams, but after spending almost two-thirds of his life in his work, all that effort would suddenly end.
My friend was at odds with how he would transition out of his life’s work. Should he sell his business? Would someone be interested in taking it over? And what was he going to do during retirement?
Solomon also considered his work in Ecclesiastes 2:18-23.
He had invested a lot of time, money and thought into the kingdom he had built, but recognized that one day it would all be passed on to someone else. “For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it” (Ecclesiastes 2:21).
King Solomon recognized his life’s work was a futile if he was not serving God. “I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts …” (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11).
Colossians also speaks to this by saying, “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him… Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, knowing that you will received the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You served the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:17, 23-14).
Fortunately, my friend recognizes that all his work has been a gift from God. As he has prayed through this new season, he practices laying down his dreams, his accomplishments and his future before the Lord.