Grace For The Journey
Question 1: What is the chief and highest end of man?
Answer: Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy Him forever
So the question we all have to answer is this:
How is our story bringing God glory?
St. Irenaeus said, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive!” When you take a look at your life’s story up to this point, would you define it as being “fully alive”? Or something less?
Let’s see how Jesus brought glory to God the Father when He was upon this earth.
The Bible tells us how Jesus did that in John 17:4, “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”
Jesus brought glory to God by fulfilling His purpose in life. He came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) and He completed what He came to do. “It is finished,” He cried out from the cross (John 19:30) . . . A shout of triumph so thunderous that the earth shook and the rocks split open (Matthew 27:51).
Every human being is to bring God glory by fulfilling the purpose God has given to them. Think about all the things created by God that fulfill their purpose: birds fly; fish swim; trees grow; the sun, moon, and the stars give light to the earth. Everything created brings glory to the Creator when it is doing what it was created to do. God made everything for a purpose . . . and that includes you! Your life story brings glory to God when you are living the life God has created you to live.
Today’s word of encouragement is not intended to tell you whether you should be a butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. It is intended to encourage you to glorify God, regardless of what you are currently doing, simply because you are consciously doing it for His glory! When you live and work and interact with others with the intent of giving God glory, then you know the experience of being fully alive, because you are living for the One who gave you life.
The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
The primary way we bring glory to God is through worship; all of life is to be an act of worship. C. S. Lewis once wrote, “In commanding us to worship Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” We worship God when we delight in Him – not out of a sense of duty, but out of a sense of pure delight and devotion. God wants us to live life to the fullest (John 10:10) and He knows we are never more alive than when our life story is working to bring God glory. John Piper wrote, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
So . . . how satisfied are you in your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ? Is there anything other than God that holds your heart? We all find ourselves struggling with divided affections from time to time. That is simply a result of the battle we face with indwelling sin. The old nature will do everything in its power to tear down the new nature. Since we will not be perfected until we get to the other side, we must fight the good fight along the way!
The primary point of God’s glory displayed through our story is found in the deepest desires of a heart that beats for Jesus – not perfection in your practice. If this describes you today, rest well in knowing that your story is bringing God great glory! If you have been drifting a bit lately, or even find yourself “in the far country,” fear not! Your Heavenly Father waits for your return with open arms. And when you return home, you will not be received back as a slave, but as a son . . . just as if you’d never left.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”