What is my purpose /meaning in life? • What do I want to achieve out of life? • What if things are not turning out like I hoped they would? • Has believing in Christ bought purpose into my life? • Is being successful the answer to find meaning in life?
Lessons from Ecclesiastics • About pursuing learning.. • About pursuing pleasure… • About pursuing success... • His conclusion • Am I fated to live a meaningless life ?
Barren/Fruitful • The same seed sown – leads to a barren shrub or to a 100 fold fruitful tree. • Fruitfulness is our birthright – John 15:8,16 • What choked the seed? What made it unfruitful? • Worries/Anxieties • Desires/Pleasures • Pursuit of Riches/Other thing
Anxieties / Worries • Fears about the future • Unhappy with my circumstances • Therefore God does not care!
Desires / Pleasures • Esau sin-drome • The passing pleasure of sin • Exam – time • Joseph
Pursuit of Riches/Other things • Money is a bad master • What do I put my trust in • The grass is greener on the other side • One thing you lack
The tale of 2 fishes • The JellyFish • The Salmon
The Conflict • My will vs. His will • Flesh vs. Spirit
A time to introspect • What are you anxious about? • What are pleasures/pastimes that occupy your mind? • What do you count as your riches?