I was in a conversation with some pastors the other day about people we know and dearly love who live with destructive addictions. While we lamented just how difficult and almost impossible it is to help, we concluded that we are all capable of addictive tendencies. In reality, all humans have a draw toward destructive things.
As many brilliant Christian thinkers have described, from Pascal to Lewis, there is a longing in our lives that will never be filled by temporary things. In other words, the deepest longings of our hearts lead us to realize we were made for something more glorious than can be satisfied here in the temporary. We pursue so many things of limited worth and vanishing glory because we long to be fulfilled. Nothing but the glory of God and His goodness will ever satisfy.
The Westminster Catechism was developed in the mid-1600s by the Church of England, and it includes a powerful statement of faith. It states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.” Our ultimate purpose is to glorify God and, in glorifying God, our lives will find true joy. In the words of the apostle Paul, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) When we use our lives to bring glory to God, we will be satisfied. Jesus said it this way: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)
May we lose our lives for the sake of Jesus and, in doing so, find ourselves fulfilled in the glorification of our great and glorious Creator, God.
Talk to your small group, spouse, or a Jesus-following friend about what it looks like for you to bring glory to God with your ordinary, everyday life.