For centuries, everyone from philosophers to theologians to thinkers to everyday people have wrestled with the purpose of life and have pondered questions like “why am I here?” and “why do I exist?”. Many theories and ideas have surfaced from hedonism which says we exist for our pleasure and happiness, to existentialism that says we are masters of our own fate and captains of our own ship, to illusionism that says all life is just a mirage and we need to realize that we are just a microscopic part of the universal oneness, to those who say that we exist only as a result of random chance as byproducts of evolution.
These answers result in hopelessness, emptiness, and inevitably lead to the conclusion that life has no real value. Is it any wonder, then, that suicide among young people is so high? Without meaning and purpose, hope is vanquished and it’s natural to become despondent. And those who live without meaning and hope think that their only way out of this meaningless existence is to end it. Also, is it any wonder that the moral condition of our society is in such a horrible condition? If this life is all there is, if there is nothing beyond our few years on this planet, then we might as well eat, drink, and be merry right now, and do whatever brings us happiness now, which leads to seeking that pleasure in sex, drugs, alcohol, cheating to get ahead, materialism, and other behaviors that are totally self centered.
However, there is a very simple answer to the questions “why am I here?” and “why do I exist?”. We exist for God’s glory. Period. Every human being is an intentional, specific, and unique creation of God, and we exist because He wanted us to. He created us to be worshipers of Himself and to have a deep, intimate relationship with Him.
My friend, your heart is beating at this very moment and you are breathing this very second for one purpose – to glorify Him.
He is the Creator and sustainer of the universe, and, as it says in Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands”. All created things declare His glory by their very existence even though they are inanimate things or a part of the animal world. How much more, then, should we human beings, the only part of His creation that is created in His image (which means that we, unlike the other parts of God’s creation have an eternal soul, have the ability to make moral choices, and can have a relationship with our creator) bring Him glory. Such an awesome, powerful, majestic, glorious, righteous, and holy being as God is worthy of and deserves nothing less than our undivided worship.
Life is not about us. It is about Him. When we live with this reality as the driving force of our lives, we will than experience the reality for which we were created, and life will have full meaning and purpose. We will then live with hope and confidence in the future because we belong to Him and know that our eternity is secure in the blood of Jesus. We know, without any doubt, that this life is not all there is.
How do we glorify God in our everyday lives? Simply by dying to self and surrendering every facet of our lives to Him. And this is evidenced by our obedience to His Word. We glorify Him in our marriages when husbands truly love their wives as Jesus loved the church and when wives respect their husbands as the God ordained leader of the family. We glorify Him in our families when we teach our kids Biblical truth, invest our time into their lives, and set a godly example for them to follow. We glorify God in the workplace by working with excellence, honesty, integrity, and character. We glorify God in our entertainment choices by viewing movies and television programs, logging on to websites, and reading books and magazines that meet His standard of moral purity. We glorify God in our finances by being content with a simple lifestyle so we can invest in His Kingdom work on earth. We glorify God in our church by humbly serving where He leads, caring for our church family, and not causing dissension. We glorify God in our spiritual lives when we spend consistent time in prayer, studying His Word so that we know what we believe (theology), why we believe it (apologetics), and how we believe it (practically living it out), and by maturing in our Christian walk. And we glorify God in our interactions with others by being humble servants instead of putting ourselves first.
To sum it up, we glorify God when the primary desire of our heart is to know Him intellectually, pursue Him relentlessly, approach Him reverently, love him intimately, follow Him unconditionally, worship Him passionately, stand up for Him unashamedly, serve Him excellently, and enjoy Him gladly.
We exist to bring Him glory. Life is not about us. Life has been, is, and will always be about Him. When we embrace this truth, our lives will take on the greatest meaning and purpose possible in the human experience. May this define us in 2021.