What in the World Am I Doing Here?

That’s the title of the message that Pastor Kyle McDaniel shared with us yesterday at CrossWay.  Kyle is the associate pastor at nearby SonRise Church.

The sermon was about life lessons from the Book of Ecclesiastes.  It address the search for life, the stuff of life, and the substance of life.  Some highlights (all quotes are Kyle’s):

  • There’s a pattern of life that runs throughout history: work, eat, sleep, work, eat, sleep….  Eventually all of us ask: Isn’t there something more to life than this?
  • “The answer to life is not found in life itself.”  It’s found in Scripture, as we see in King Solomon’s journey which he shares in Ecclesiastes.
  • “Without God there is no enjoyment in life.”  Obviously this has to be taken in context.  Pastor Kyle was mainly talking about how every single one of our blessings is a gift straight from the hand of God.  He also talked about how we’re better able to relax and enjoy the good things in life when we recognize them as gifts from God.
  • Don’t pursue meaning in life–rest in the fact that God gives it meaning.
  • We experience meaning in life when we’re God’s tools to bless others–we’re blessed to be a blessing.
  • God will hold the church–not the government–responsible for blessing the community.
  • Rejoice in the good times, but recognize that the bad times are not outside of God’s sovereignty.
  • God is in control and He is good.
  • Dwell on the good times, not the bad!
  • Recognize that pleasure is from the hand of God.
  • Looking back, we don’t remember the stuff we had–we remember the people we knew.
  • We should spend our lives on things that will outlast us.  Ask yourself: How can I make the most of my life?  How can I make my life outlast itself?
  • Whatever is the pursuit of our lives, it should have a positive impact on other people.
  • When you’re following God, seeking Him, trusting Him, and living according to Scripture, don’t fret about choices–God has freed us to make choices.
  • Act!  And act now!  “For it is now that God favors what you do” (Ecclesiastes 9:7).
  • Quoting Augustine: “Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in God.”
  • Recognize God in every facet of life.  This is the antidote to meaninglessness.
  • “The only reason I have food on my plate and a roof over my head is because a sovereign God has chosen to give them to me.”

It was an excellent message that caused a lot of discussion afterward among those who were there.  I’ll try to get the podcast up some time in the next couple days or so.  (Technology problems all over the place have caused the podcast to be sporadic in recent weeks, but hopefully that’s about fixed.)

Published in: on August 25, 2008 at 5:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

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