Thursday, July 21, 2016

To Glorify God

The Westminster Confession asks the question in its catechism, "What is the chief end of man?"   Answer:  "Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever."  Two Scriptures are cited in support of the first objective, "to glorify God":  1 Corinthians 10:31 and Romans 11:36.  It is the first objective on which we focus our attention.
 
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."  (1 Corinthians 10:31)
 
"For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be glory forever. Amen.  (Romans 11:36)
 
This objective is more than a noble goal.  It is, in fact, the purpose of life.  To expend every ounce of our energy in the most mundane occupations of life, all the while giving Him glory is the beginning of understanding of what loving God with all our might means.  Recognizing that this world belongs to God, that it is from Him and through Him and to Him, places us in our proper relationship within the world.  Jonathan Edwards, perhaps America's greatest theologian, got it right when he said this world was created for God's glory.  Or as the songwriter said, "This is my Father's world."
 
In common with the angels, we give God glory.  Continually, the Seraphim cry, "Holy, Holy, Holy...", an endless crescendo of glorifying God.  Some theologians believe this is not just an endless cry, but a shout of victory as God reveals something new to them about Himself.  Can you imagine God revealing a new attribute every few seconds?  That is what infinity is -- without end and unlimited.  It makes us realize how pitiful, how totally inadequate, and how limited our understanding of God really is with just our relatively meager handful of God's attributes that we know and understand.  At least we understand to a degree.  But how much greater and magnificent is God than the human mind can even begin to comprehend.  And yet He loves us, provided a way of salvation for us, and invites us into an intimate relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.  How can we do less than to glorify Him with every act of life?   I am alive to bring glory to God!
 
  
All Scripture is from the ESV