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Topic: Vanity (11/15/18)
TITLE: What's the Point?
By Donna Martelli
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According to Wikipedia, “vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility.” But a little table and bench? Oh, I get it: this is where I supposedly admire myself and my abilities and where I see how attractive I am. That is kind of eye-opening. Is that really what I am doing every morning when I sit there and comb my hair and apply my make-up? In a sense it is, but I would like to think that I am simply making myself presentable so as not to scare anyone with my bed head and bare face!
Solomon wrote all about vanity in the book of Ecclesiastes. He wrote of the vanity of life, of pleasure and of riches. He found futility in gain and honor. In this sense, vanity means emptiness or uselessness.
“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14 NKJV)
“Finally, at the end of the book, he concludes: “’Vanity of vanities’, says the Preacher, ‘All is vanity’.” (Ecclesiastes 12:8 NKJV)
This same hopelessness is expressed in the Psalms:
“Remember how short my time is; For what futility have You created all the children of men?” (Psalm 89:47 NKJV)
Well, if all is vanity, what’s the point? Shall I go back to bed and pull the covers over my face, wallowing in despair?
If you are living your life without faith in Jesus Christ, then your life is all vanity, too. When your earthly life is over, everything you have accomplished will pass away with you. None of it will be of any use to you beyond the grave. You will face judgement and you will be required to pay for your own sins after death because you do not have the blood of Jesus. His righteous blood is the only thing that cleanses from all sin.
For others, who have repented of sin and trusted in the shed blood of Jesus to cleanse them, nothing is done in vain. Jesus holds their hearts and they trust Him to direct their steps. He leads them “in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 NKJV)
My little table with a three-way mirror affixed to the back of it, a small drawer in front and a bench type seat is a treasure to me…my vanity, reminding me that my life is not in vain because I belong to Jesus. Listen, He is calling you, too.
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