Saturday: Reason for living

Isaiah 43:6-7.


I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth— everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”


Psalm 34:3

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

God created us live with a singular, all-embracing, transforming passion—namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his goodness in every sphere of life. Enjoying and displaying are both important. If we try to display the goodness of God without joy in it, we will display a shell of hypocrisy. But if we claim to enjoy his goodness and do not display it for others to see, we deceive ourselves, because the mark of joy from God is to overflow and expand by extending itself into the hearts of others. A wasted life is a life without a passion for bringing glory to God in all things for the joy of all people.


The Bible is clear: God created us for his glory. The Lord says, “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory” (Isaiah 43:6-7). We're called to live all of life for the glory of God - all of life. It is all for his glory. Scripture even gets into the details of eating and drinking. “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). We waste our lives when we do not weave God into our eating and drinking and every other part by enjoying and displaying his goodness. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to make much of ourselves, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.