The Greatest Purpose

Have you ever wondered why you are here? What is the purpose or meaning of life? If you are like me, sometimes life can get so overwhelming that you fall on your knees and ask “why Lord?” I don’t know about you, but I am thankful that God has told us why we are here. He has told us what He wants from us. What is the great purpose of mankind? God has created us to bring Him glory, that is to exalt His name by proclaiming and displaying His great glory.

So how do we know that glorifying God is the greatest purpose of mankind? Why is it not evangelism or discipleship? Consider these teachings of Scripture with me. (All from the New English Translation)

God acts to exalt His glory (also Ps 19:1; Ezekiel 39:27)

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Isaiah 42:8, 11: I am the LORD! That is my name! I will not share my glory with anyone else, or the praise due me with idols…. For my sake alone I will act, for how can I allow my name to be defiled? I will not share my glory with anyone else!

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Sin is failing to meet the standard of God’s glory (also Rom 1:21-23; Rev 16:9).

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Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

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The purpose of sanctification is to bring God glory (also 1 Peter 5:10).

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Philippians 1:9-11: And I pray this, that your love may abound even more and more in knowledge and every kind of insight so that you can decide what is best, and thus be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.

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Believers are commanded to act for God’s glory (also Ps 115:1; 1 Peter 4:11).

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1 Corinthians 10:31: So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.

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In heaven, God’s glory will be eternally proclaimed (also Rev 7:12; 19:1)

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Revelation 4:8-11: “Each one of the four living creatures had six wings and was full of eyes all around and inside. They never rest day or night, saying: “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, Who was and who is, and who is still to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders throw themselves to the ground before the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and they offer their crowns before his throne, saying: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, since you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created!”

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Based on these Scriptures, as well as many others, I believe that God acts to display and proclaim His glory. I believe that it is the greatest privilege, honor, and command for us as His created beings –both individually and corporately as the church- to do this as well.

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Ephesians 3:21: to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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So where then does evangelism and discipleship fit in? They are means to glorify God! God is glorified when we share the hope of the Gospel. God is glorified when we work together to become disciples of Christ. But are these the only ways to glorify God? No! Every action a believer takes, and every choice they make is an opportunity to glorify God. When a husband loves His wife, God is glorified. When parents discipline their child, God is glorified. When believers gather together to worship, God is glorified.

God is glorified when we proclaim His glory through acts such as worship, prayer, and evangelism. God is glorified when we reflect His glory through acts such as obedience and sanctification (the process of becoming more like Christ).

The greatest purpose that we could ever strive for both individually and corporately as a church is glorifying God by proclaiming and displaying His great glory.

 

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