Why do you think God created the world, and people in particular? Was it because he was bored? Lonely? The Westminster Shorter Catechism has famously declared, “The chief end of man (aka: the reason we were created) is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” God created out of love, that we would worship Him and be filled with his joy as we worship. We were created by God in His image in order to “mirror” him by glorifying/worshipping Him in everything we do, because we received joy when we honor God.
What’s it mean to “Glorify” God? One of our high schoolers gave among the best definitions of “glorify” I’ve ever heard: she said, “It’s to recognize who God is and what he’s done and to show that to other by what you do.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Eating and Drinking are pretty normal things, not super-spiritual things – and yet we’re told to do them (along with whatever else we do) “for the glory of God.”
So what’s it look like to glorify God?
- When you’re in school and learning about biology, you recognize that God made your body to function so perfectly that every cell is designed to do a specific task. Meanwhile, you also learn about the universe and how ridiculously small and “insignificant” planet Earth is when compared to all the galaxies far far away. Just think: God created all those galaxies, and yet He cares for you so much that he sent Jesus to live and die and rise again for you!
- When you’re on the practice field, you want to use your physical body and athletic gifts to honor the One who gave them to you. That means you practice hard, take care of your body, and play as a good teammate (that means you pass the ball when someone else has a better shot!) and you aren’t an arrogant glory-hog when you play well.
- When you’re home, you help with chores around the house, respect your parents, and are generally pleasant to be around.
Christian author, John Piper, has said “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Are you satisfied with God? You were made to glorify God in everything you do, and to enjoy God forever! Remember, en-joy, God wants to fill you with joy! That doesn’t mean life is about being happy and living out the “American Dream,” because God often calls us to difficult things and He brings us through seasons of suffering – but He fills us with peace and joy even in the midst of those experiences.
Out of love, God created you to glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever. Don’t want until “forever” begins… start now. That’s what God made you for. Obviously, “something” (Sin, which we’ll discuss next week) has gone terribly wrong; but it’s absolutely necessary for us to remember WHY we are here and WHAT God made us to do.