There is something that God has placed within all mankind that drives us to ask,
“What is my purpose in life?” People will climb for days to reach the top of the
mountain to talk to the yogi, they will pay thousands of dollars to a psychic and
they will work for 60, 70 or more hours a week all seeking the answer to this question.
What surprises me is not that Christians seek the answer to the same question but
that they are willing to pay millions of dollars to get the answer.
The Catechism says that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
So what is your purpose in life? It's simple: glorify God. To glorify God means
to declare praise, honor or worship to God. God has shown his glory in the universe
and we are to point to and ascribe to God that glory. We are not to claim any of
that glory for ourselves or other people or things but give God all glory for all
things. The Bible says in Jude 25 “to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ
our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and
forever. Amen.” and in Rev. 15:4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous
acts have been revealed."
Throughout church history the idea that there is a sacred secular division in life
has plagued the church. This is the idea that says that my life for God is on Sunday
mornings and maybe some other night of the week but the rest of the time he really
has nothing to do with me. But the verse that slams the door on this belief is 1
Cor. 10:31 It says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to
the glory of God.” We often think about glorifying God in our worship services but
how many of us take the time to think about glorifying God as we eat our supper,
mow the lawn, or fill the gas tank? I would guess that many of us fail to remember
the glory of God in whatever and all things that we do.
For a lot of Christians, they understand the purpose of their existence is to glorify
God but they question what they are to do with their lives; what career would bring
the most glory to God? This is a good question to ask but one I think too many Christians
stress out over for no good reason. We are not called by God to seek out that one
perfect job which that and only that perfect career will bring glory to God. We
feel that any other job that we choose will be sub par. No the fact is whether you
are in the pulpit, drive a bus, work in a factory, wash windows, sell clothes, wash
kitchen floors, or paint, all these jobs can be done equally to the glory of God.
The key is to do all by faith in God and as if you were doing the job as to Jesus
himself. God's glory goes way beyond or choice of profession.
The Bible is clear that it is to God and God alone that glory is due. Our entire
lives from the workplace to the dinner table, every moment of our lives ought to
be reflecting the glory of God. The question is: how are you reflecting God’s glory?