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Ecclesiastes 6:7

THE INWARD LIFE OF A STEWARD
Overcoming Self

All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied.

In Ecclesiastes 6:7, Solomon shares with us a keen insight. He observes, All a man’s labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied (NASB1995). In this short verse, Solomon highlights mankind’s two perpetual debilitating diseases: the first is selfishness, all (his) labor is for his mouth (It’s ALL about me!); and the second is greed, He is not satisfied (I still want more!) Until we come to understand that we are not the center of the universe, and that our purpose is to love and serve God and others (in that order), we will find ourselves worshipping ourselves and our appetites rather than God. We are better than this. We have been made for a much higher purpose than to spend our lives driven by selfishness and greed. Think about it.