Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
The knowledge of Christ is measurable. When one has truly found Jesus, he’s willing to gladly part with everything: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matt. 13:44).
Paul stated that as follows: “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8).
God included a whole book in the Bible in order to show Jesus’ incomparable worth against the greatest wisdom and riches. After much labor, Solomon came to the conclusion that “all is vanity.” Many times, we only discover that as we get older. What seemed so important to us in years gone by has lost its meaning and value.
What about right now? Do we highly value what has no value? Do we pursue emptiness? Or have we come to the same conclusion as Solomon? We may well pray with the psalmist: “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” (Ps. 119:37).
How does your scale look between Jesus and everything else? Is He so weighty to you—the Hebrew word for God’s glory means to be weighty—that everything else is as nothing in comparison? One of the greatest deceptions is to pursue vanity, thinking it has real value.
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