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Yam Chien Meng - 17 December 2017

Busy Without Purpose

Busy Without Purpose

Ecclesiastes 2:17-26

Living in a busy city can sometimes feel like being a piece of sushi on a conveyor belt. We go around in circles before being consumed by busyness until eventually, there is nothing left. Does having a packed schedule mean we're living purposefully?

Discussion Guide

1) The Futility of our Work (v17)
Many people expect their work to give them a sense of meaning and purpose in life. How much do you define yourself by your work? How do you look upon your work? In verse 17, Solomon the Wise Teacher said he hated his work. Why do you think the king who had it all, hated his job? Are there times when you feel dissatisfied with your work too? Discuss what causes people to feel that their work is futile.

2) The Fruitlessness of Our Work (v18-23)
Do you have people around you who are workaholics? Why do you think workaholics work so much? What we work hard for reveals our motives for working. What are you working so hard for? Even if we have the best motives, how much can we control the fruit of our labour? Why do you say so? What worries you when you're working? What you worry about shows your priorities. Reflect and share, what do you prioritise or value? How do these priorities affect the way we view our work?

3) The Fulfilment in Our Labor (v24-26)
God intends for us work, but work is only fulfilling when God is in the picture. Reflect, in your current work, are you fulfilling your own purpose or God’s? What do you think God’s purpose is for you at your work? Knowing that God is the Giver of all things and that He is our ultimate Boss, how then should we view our work? If God is the one who sets your schedule, what would it look like? When we acknowledge God as the Boss of our lives, how would our priorities change? How can the Life Group help one another to find fulfilling work in God?

Reflection Questions

1) The Futility of our Work (v17)
Are there times when you feel dissatisfied with your work? Discuss what causes people to feel that their work is futile.

2) The Fruitlessness of Our Work (v18-23)
What we work hard for reveals our motives. What are you working so hard for? Even if we have the best motives, how much can we control the fruit of our labour? Why do you say so?

3) The Fulfilment in Our Labor (v24-26)
God intends for us work, but work is only fulfilling when God is in the picture. Reflect, in your current work, are you fulfilling your own purpose or God’s? What do you think God’s purpose is for you at your work? How can the Life Group help one another to find fulfilling work in God?

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