Unwrapped [2/2]: Success Without Purpose

19 December 2022
Yam Chien Meng

Series: Unwrapped
Title: Success without Purpose
Text: Ecclesiastes 2:17-26

Recent research shows that Singapore is the most overworked country in Asia, with majority of respondents feeling unhappy and burnt out. Many are successful yet frustrated. Is it possible to find both success and purpose?

General Questions:

  1. What are the different types of success that people in your life station tend to pursue? Why do you think they chase after these things? What are the limitations of such successes?

Perspective Questions:

  1. What are some ways we strive to be in control of the fruit of our labour? Why is such control meaningless? 

  2. It is better to fail at doing something worthwhile than to succeed in doing something worthless. How far do you agree with this statement? What endeavours would you consider worthwhile? 

  3. How would the Teacher of Ecclesiastes redefine success? What are other Scriptures that reveal God’s idea of success? How is God’s view of success different from that of the world?

Application Questions:

  1. We find fulfilment in our work when we acknowledge God at the centre of it. How can we do so?

  2. How can we work toward God’s definition of success?