“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” Ecclesiastes 1:2
Whether you like it or not, you only get one shot at life. Although it may seem like you will live for a much longer time, you never know when your number will be called. The fact is, God has all of our days numbered, despite what you may think. You do not know what tomorrow holds just as you do not know what 20 years from now holds. Life is finite and frail. Whether one lives to be 10 or whether they live to 100, they are both merely a speck in the grand scheme of eternity.
Here’s what I do know; I know that everyone will live forever. When I say that everyone will live forever, I do not mean it in the sense that you will live on this earth (as it is today) forever, but I mean it in the sense that we all have souls, and we will all live forever in 1 of 2 places. For those who have placed their faith in Christ and lived their life on this earth for Him, they will spend eternity in heaven worshiping the risen Savior. For the one who has rejected Christ and not followed after Him, they will spend eternity having the wrath of God poured out upon them for all of eternity. These are two very distinct eternities.
You see, there is nothing in this life that you will take with you into eternity. You cannot take your money, possessions, work ethic, reputation, or anything else that you may work hard to preserve. Yes, people may stand around at your funeral and talk about how great of a person that you were, but your morality is not what saves you. I desire for people to speak highly of me at my funeral, I desire for people to have good things to say about me to my family during a time of grief, but that is not the most important thing to me or to any Christian. I want people to stand around at my funeral and be comforted by the fact that I lived my life for Christ and because of that, they can rest assured that I am with Him. I want people to rejoice in the gospel that has brought me a salvation that I did not earn and to herald the name of Christ at my funeral. You see, when you are dead, you are dead. There is no coming back for more. There is no second chance. You have One Shot.
Solomon said all is vanity because he understood that everything here on this earth would fade away. He knew that everything under the sun would one day be possessed by someone else. He knew that there is nothing that can satisfy on this side of heaven and that people strive after worldly satisfaction only to have it lead them no where. He knew that a life lived for this world was worthless, but a life lived for God was eternal. This is why he closes out his search for happiness in all things of this earth in this manner, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (12:13-14).