Sometimes to understand the present we have to examine the past. Purposeless people wander the earth and wonder what is the meaning of life? Fortunately for us, the Bible clearly defines why God created us. If we look to the past, King David prayed, “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all”(1 Chronicles 29:11). David recognized that everything belonged to God and that He was therefore exalted. The prophet Isaiah wrote “Bring My sons from far away, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone called by My name and created for My glory. I have formed him; indeed, I have made him” (Isa. 43:6b,7). Isaiah tells us that we were created for God’s glory—this is our purpose.
Sometimes to understand the present we have to gaze into the future. John wrote the following in our passage of meditation:
Revelation 5:13—I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say: Blessing and honor and glory and dominion to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!
In the Bible the word gloryis tied to God at least 235 times (over twice what the word is used for all other things). Glory is not a temporary phenomenon. Gathered in heaven in God’s presence, John writes that we will engage in perpetual worship. For eternity God will be magnified. The past and the future teach that our primary purpose is to adore Him. But that is not the summation of why we exist.
David wrote inPsalm 8:4,5, “what is man that You remember him,the son of man that You look after him?You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor.” Jesus prayed in John 17:22, “I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one.” God also made us for our glory. We were created to work, to serve, to relate and to have value! We matter and our creative Father is honored.
When we live for ourselves life becomes miserable. Self-centeredness is a hopeless pursuit—a dead end. When we live for God what we are and what we do endures as a permanent offering. We find peace. Hope is rich. Purpose flows in our veins and it is a joy, even in suffering, to love. This is why it is so essential to share the gospel message. People without a Savior cannot find ultimate meaning in life. What greater gift can we give than to tell them of Jesus? This glorifies God and us. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Lord, through the dimness, come with dawning and drawing light. Breathe on me till I am in a pure, radiant frame of body and mind for Thy work and for Thy glory this day.—Oswald Chambers in If You Will Ask
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)