"No Profit" or "Great Gain"

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Which are you working for: "No Profit" or "Great Gain"? Which is to be yours as the result of all your toil and labor in life? Are you wisely directing your efforts? Are you employing your energies in the right direction to get the best reward for their expenditure?
Solomon labored and strove for satisfaction. He put out all his strength. He engaged all his wisdom. He employed all his wealth in the pursuit of happiness, but he did not find it. After the vain search—a lifetime long—he wrote of his experience. We have it in the book of Ecclesiastes. His verdict upon his prolonged effort is: "Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought... and, behold, all was vanity... and there was NO PROFIT." Eccl. 2:1111Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11).
The Apostle Paul, after his conversion, spent his whole life for the glory of Christ and for the blessing of others. He had little of this world's goods. He could say toward the end of his career, "Godliness with contentment is great gain." He had secured success where Solomon had failed. He had learned in whatsoever state he was, to be content. He had Christ as Savior and Satisfier. The Holy Spirit within him gave him joys and delights which filled him to the full with satisfaction. In the service of God, he found GREAT GAIN.
Which are you working for?