“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NASB
The person who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes was king Soolomon. Throughout much of the book he speaks about things being meaningless. This book was written after Solomon could gain all a person could want.
The sad truth for Solomon was that the many wives he had pulled his heart away from the Lord. But at the end of Ecclesiastes Solomon comes to the revelation that the only thing worth anything upon this earth is to fear God and keep His commands.
To fear the Lord means to live in Holy reverence of who God is and to worship Him alone. If we are truly to follow Jesus it requires us to walk in obedience. God’s grace does not give us a license to sin. God’s grace is unmerited favor which simply means God’s favor upon us that we have not worked for or earned.
God’s favor rests upon us because of the price that Jesus paid. He paid an extraordinary price so that we could be free. But let us abide in Him each day and grow in maturity and holiness. Let us be willing to be sanctified by the Holy Spirit and simply surrender. Life is not about pursuing happiness or pursuing all the world has to offer. Life is simply about fearing the Lord and walking in obedience.