Solomon sees work as a “necessary evil” that every man must experience in life. His concern, however, is not so much the work but the prosperity that comes from it. If a person works and then does not get to enjoy the fruit of that work, then it is all meaningless and a chasing after the wind. If a stranger enjoys the prosperity that I worked for, is it even worth working hard for? The New Testament helps us answer that question as it tells us to work unto the Lord and not for men. In other words, no matter the result of our work, the work itself has meaning because it was done for the Lord. Prosperity of any kind is a earthly gift, but it does not join a person in eternity. Work for the Lord, however, is a completely different bird, because He makes it meaningful on earth and in eternity. When work becomes a witness, then it has eternal impact. We struggle to see our workplace as a mission field, but the fact is, we spend many hours there and normally we meet people who have incredible needs. As a Christ-follower, we are sent to meet those needs by taking our Savior to work and sharing Him when He opens the door to do so. If your goal is prosperity, then it is possible you will waste a large portion of your life; if, however, your goal is people, then everything changes because that has eternal ramifications. Solomon’s focus was on the folly of prosperity, but Jesus gives us a new way to think about work and about our lives on this earth. Do you want your life to count for something enteral? Refocus your attention on people and see just what God can do.

Help me, Lord, to stop focusing on prosperity and start focusing on people. Help me to see my work place as a mission field and take You with me every day.