There is this great little writing called The Westminster Shorter Catechism and it addresses my last post in a rather perfunctory, though profound, way. In one question, and in a two part answer, the purpose of life is answered in the clearest way possible. It goes like this:
Question 1 – What is the chief end of man?
Answer – Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
One very important thing to note. The writer’s of the catechism chose the preposition and which means, in this case, both at the same time. These two actions, glorifying God and enjoying Him, are one and the same. When we truly glorify God we are in that moment enjoying Him. Likewise, when we are truly enjoying God, we glorify Him.
What an amazing Christian tradition we come from. The purpose of the cosmos in one sentence held together by a mere preposition, truly a blessing our brothers and sister have left for us.
My challenge to my readers, and to myself, is to live into this statement. Make your life swirl around the joy in glorifying God.
If you’re making dentures, do so with the knowledge that those teeth are in the mouth of an image bearer of God, a creature formed by His hands, a soul He longs to touch. The quality of life is made better by glorifying God.
If you’re an accountant, perform your job as though the welfare of the Children of God depend on it. To glorify God in the use of numbers is an awe inspiring event. The universe is built upon mathematical laws and the logic of numbers, and you get to play with them.
No matter your job, your duty, your service, do so with the chief end in mind: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.