To God be the Glory

Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Pet. 4:11).

Why did God create us? What is our purpose for existence? Many might answer these questions from a self-centered point of view with something like, “Well, to get the most enjoyment I can from life, whether financial, physically, or through any other avenue available.” The purpose of life becomes the gratification of one’s desires, and God becomes, in essence, one’s means to such gratification. Since God created us, then He must follow through with whatever it takes for us to be “happy.” When the pursuit of happiness doesn’t bring about the desired results, questions of whether God loves us arise.

Such a view of life, however, is contrary to the revealed will of God. Throughout Scripture, we are told our purpose in life is to glorify God and exalt the splendor He alone possesses. Adam and Eve knew this while they obeyed God, but after listening to the voice of the serpent, and doing what God commanded not to be done, they found sin did not bring the happiness and fulfillment they had sought (Gen. 3:16-19). Israel was taken into captivity due to its sin, but God, in speaking of their return and the restoration of His blessings to them, reminded them of their purpose. “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isa. 43:7). The above passage from 1 Peter also speaks of how, in everything, God is to be glorified in us through Jesus Christ. This is our purpose, our reason for existence.

How often do we strive to find God and Christ in all we say and do? Without our Lord and Savior, we could not exist (Col. 1:17). God does not depend on us for His existence, but we must rely on Him. What does that mean? It doesn’t mean we choose how to live and then He ensures it happens exactly as we want. It does mean we surrender our will to His so He can bless us, mold us in His image, and offer us the best that life can be. When Jesus spoke of life being abundant (John 10:10), He connected it with the spiritual and how only by our being connected with Him and life in Him, it can be abundant. While this is vastly different than how life is defined by the world (abundance in possessions, or pleasurable experiences, or similar pursuits), it truly is the only real way to live. We should live life by seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness (Matt. 6:33), living life to the glory of God, that we might be what God intended, that we might find what He offers. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).

What kind of life does living to the glory of God offer? It’s a life of submission to God, who offers us the best, not like Satan and sin, which only seeks to destroy us (Gal. 2:20). It’s a life of seeking what is best for each other, rather than using or being used for selfish desires (Phil. 2:3-4). It’s living with a knowledge of the physical and spiritual, having both sides of life to fairly evaluate life, rather than have a one-sided perspective that can lead us where we shouldn’t go (Jas. 4:13-15). It’s being able to see that today has its value in tomorrow, that the flesh is directed by the spiritual, and that heaven is the most important goal, where every goal must be directed for its end result (Rev. 2:10).

Why did God create us? He made us for His glory and honor, as He is God. What happens when we seek to live life for His honor and glory? We find what’s best for us, for each other, for today and eternity. May we order our lives to His praise, and experience His best for us. 

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”

Robert Johnson