• Skip Wilson

Your Purpose

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created,” Revelation 4:11 (NASB).

If you have ever wondered what the purpose of your life is, here is the answer: your ultimate purpose in life, the very reason for your living, is to glorify God.

This is not only clear in Scripture (i.e. Romans 11:36, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 6:20, etc.), but this is also the logical conclusion. It makes sense that God, being the greatest possible being would give His creation (including you) the greatest possible purpose. Because God is the greatest possible being, the very definition of perfection and goodness, then the greatest possible purpose He could give would be to seek to reflect Him and enjoy Him (i.e. glorify Him).

Many will say that the reason God created us is because He wanted someone to love. However, this is flatly untrue. One will find no Scriptural support for this idea, nor will one find a logical reason for thinking such a thing. God, being a triune being, is Himself love within Himself- embodied in the love contained in the relationship between the three persons of the Godhead.

My only guess as to why this erroneous notion is still so frequently taught is either because of laziness or ignorance. If ignorance, than it is simply persons passing on the misinformation they have been told. If laziness, then that is because it saves an individual hardships when talking to the lost about God’s desire for His own glory. To the lost the idea that an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent supreme being would seek to glorify Himself through Creation seems repugnant. This is, of course, only a repugnant notion because they lack the theological understanding that any other purpose would be lesser, and this is made much more repugnant because of their hatred for God.

Many others will say that God created each person for the simple purpose of being happy. This belief is somewhat understandable; however, it too is completely untrue. We are genuinely the happiest when we are glorifying God. God-glorifying actions produce life and bring about ultimate joy. Conversely, things that are dishonoring to God breed pain and hardship. In this way, one might mistakenly come to the conclusion that our individual happiness is the goal of life.

The reason why one must never confuse these two chief ends is because of the lost. Those who have not been born-again have broken desires. For example, a murderer may take great pleasure in killing. If one were to tell him or her that happiness is the ultimate aim, then one can rest assured that this person will keep on killing.

The great and ultimate happiness that is produced within a person once he or she is made a new creation and seeks to glorify God is fantastic. However, this is not to be confused with the ultimate end.

In every single thing you do, seek to glorify Him… because after all, this is why He made you.