Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
If All You’re Living For Is In This Life…
A. So many people live this life like this is all there is, though their words may at times suggest otherwise (Job 1:13-22, Job 2:7-10, Job 3:1-3, and Job 17:11-15).
1. No matter how strong and wealthy we are in this world, those things cannot benefit us before God (Psalms 49:6-12).
2. Our hope is not in this world (Colossians 1:5).
3. It doesn’t matter how righteous you are, that does not mean you’ll have an “easy life” on this earth (Ecclesiastes 7:15 and I Peter 4:1-2).
B. Even for those of us who are in Christ (cf. Galatians 3:26-29), if our only hope is in this world our lives are vain (I Corinthians 15:17-19).
1. Our lesson is not one that says we cannot enjoy the blessing of God in this world (Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 [knowing this is not saying to drink alcoholic wine: Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-35, etc. http://www.wordsoftruth.net/whychristiansdontdrinkalcohol_byeager.html]).
2. Rather, our lesson is that we should not love this world (I John 2:15-17) and abuse those blessings contained therein (I Corinthians 7:31).
II. Body: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 and Ecclesiastes 6:11-12.
A. Some work very hard for vain, physical wealth (Ecclesiastes 2:4-23).
1. Many work hard for financial success (Proverbs 23:5, Ecclesiastes 4:7-8, Ecclesiastes 5:10-19, James 5:1-5, and I Timothy 6:17).
2. Many make plans, but do not realize such is often vain (James 4:13-16).
3. The only thing worth truly investing much time on is the reward that cannot be lost (Matthew 6:19-21 and Jude 21).
B. Consider how hard you labor for your physical health (Ecclesiastes 3:19).
1. People want the youthful years to remain (Ecclesiastes 11:10).
2. Unless the Lord comes first we’re all going to die (II Samuel 14:14 and Hebrews 9:27) regardless of how fit we are.
3. Your good physical health can only take you so far (I Timothy 4:8), thus we have to work on our spiritual health (II Peter 1:10).
C. Sad thing is, people tend to love that which is vain (Psalms 4:2) and sourced in this world (Colossians 2:8).
1. People trust in their vain worship (Matthew 15:7-9).
2. People trust in vain promises (Jeremiah 23:16 and Ephesians 5:6).
3. People trust in their vain righteous works (Matthew 7:21-23).
4. Thus, we have to be sure our faith, works, and teaching is not vain (Galatians 6:4 and II Corinthians 13:5).
III. Conclusion: To have real hope, you have to give up “your life” on this earth (John 12:25-26 and Philippians 1:21).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager