Interesting how in Ecclesiastes 5, after railing on and on about how all is vanity and a chasing after the wind, the author turns to some advice that almost seems counter to earlier remarks. At the end of this chapter in the final verses we read:
18. This is what I have seen to be good: It is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot.
19. Likewise all to whom God give wealth and possessions and whom he enables to enjoy them, and to accept their lot and find enjoyment in their toil–this is the gift of God.
20. For this will scarcely brood over the days of their lives, because God keeps them occupied with the joy of their hearts.
Quite interesting. To me it says, quit hoarding up treasures on earth. Relax and enjoy what you have and amass your treasures in heaven in God’s kingdom by doing what is good and acceptable in God’s eyes. So what are those things? I would venture to say that instead of walking about in a state of self righteousness or by being a pious jerk, we are called to a life of humility and caring for others. In order to lead others to Christ’s love, we need to show his love for us and for others everyday.
Those acts of kindness are not just done to be posted on social media and bragged about as I saw suggested on television earlier today by some psychologist. Those acts are private and done in the name of Christ who offered the greatest act of kindness ever known to humankind when he offered himself for our Salvation. Christ didn’t come to earth as a poor child of a carpenter and (pregnant before married) young mother in order to post a selfie with the oxen.
Christ came that we could become heirs with him in God’s great kingdom. Let’s remember that this Christmas season as we run around shopping and socializing and celebrating the season. Let us remember that Christ asks us also to love one another that we are ready to give the ultimate sacrifice as he did, to save the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Considering all of that, the least we can do is share what we have and what we know, a bowl of soup, a warm blanket and the love of Christ. Go and be Christ in the world today.