Today we have two examples to look at: Solomon & Paul
Here is the example we have from Solomon:
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my work, and this is the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
And, Here is the example we have from Paul:
Acts 20:23-24 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task to testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
Paul went south to go to Jerusalem.
Jesus spoke to him saying…
Acts 23:11 Take Courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.
- Paul goes on trial and it is not turning out well.
- Jewish Religious Leaders wanted him dead.
- Trial before Felix (Roman Governor of region in Caesarea)
- Trial Before Festus (New Roman governor of the region)
- Festus, being new, wanted to gain favor with the Jews.
- Paul appealed to Caesar (Acts 25: 11)
Look how it turned out for Paul:
Acts 28:30-31 For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.
- No hindrance for probably the first time of his Christian life
- He got to do what he desired to do in peace.
Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
What are you living for?
- Is it going to truly fulfill and satisfy your heart?
- Is it going to truly fulfill and satisfy God’s heart?
INVESTING IN GOD’S PLAN COMPLETELY SATISFIES THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART
- Solomon lived for his desires and was unfulfilled
- Paul lived for God’s desires and had no regrets
This was Solomon’s downfall.
He invested in his own workings.
- Good investments produce good returns
- Poor investments have a much less likely chance to work out for you.