Before Breakfast: Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, wither thou goest.”
One of our senior colleagues who is also one of our campus fellowship alumni, while addressing us years ago, emphatically told us that the main objective he has is that, anytime he dies and buried, he will live to serve God in such a way that the only inscription on his grave will be ‘Here lies a man that served God’.
Human lives are finite and that is the reason why no one is born to live forever. Even the oldest man ever recorded was 969 years old at death. In our dispensation, life expectancy have greatly reduced and hardly will one finds someone who lives up to 150years of age.
Though many had long been dead but their ‘works’ speak for them even after many years of their departure; either good or bad!
But the writer of today’s verse was emphatic about good deeds that glorify God’s name and make us have good impacts in our generation, thus becoming a better person.
I will categorise these works into two:
1.Spiritual works: This is the type of works that aid the advancement of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. Peter and the rest of the disciples were called by Christ while on earth to win more souls. No wonder the final command He gave them after His resurrection was to go to all nations proclaiming His gospel for more souls to be saved, liberated and retained in Him. (See Matt.28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16)
Besides this, there are other ways through which we can work for God in our various local assemlies; under different units like choir, ushering, prayer, sanitation etc. None of these units is superior to the other. But wherever one finds him/herself, should do it in such a way that ir will withstand the test of God’s fire, because our works shall eventually be tested by fire! (1Cor.3:13 )
2. Physical works: This is the kind of work done for our benefits and those of the people around us. This mostly puts food on our table. But it suffices to say that many who especially work under employers focus more on the salary and benefits they tend to get than the value of their work’s input . They only look serious and hardworking whenever they are under the watch of their boss or superior. They are full of hypocrisy and ‘eye-service’ even though they are known as Christians.
It should be borne in mind that the kind of works rendered while in service will continue to hunt the doer after resignation or retirement, be it good or bad.
The night is coming when a man may not be able to work again, hence let us work diligently and dutifully while it is day so we can get good rewards of our works. (John 9:4)