Saturday, January 06, 2007
1. What is the Chief End of Man?
Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.

"What is the meaning of life?" This must be the most-asked philosophical question ever. Why are we here? What is life all about? The meaning of it all is that God has made us to glorify him, not because we can add to his glory but so his glory can be demonstrated through us.

He does not wish to glorified in an egotistical way but instead through a reciprocal fellowship of love, where God has given of himself freely and his people praise him for this. It is only through Christ that we can have this relationship with God and experience real joy. Ultimately, this ends with joining God in heaven and being received into that glory (Ps 73:24-26).

Everything we do should be to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31), knowing that chasing the often sinful desires of our hearts can not bring satisfaction but more emptiness. It should be the outworking of our faith and the knowledge of what Christ has done that drives our ambitions towards glorifying God. As Asaph says, there should be "nothing on earth that I desire besides you" (Ps 73:24-26).

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:36


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At 06 January, 2007 20:46, Blogger Linda said...

I love your explanation. There was a time when I really didn't quite understand about "glory". I think you have stated it perfectly. I want my life to glorify Him; I have so much to learn.
The poem is absolutley beautiful.

At 06 January, 2007 22:15, Blogger Kathy said...

Thank you for visiting my site and for your helpful comments regarding my quest for celebrating an abundant, simpler life.
I was so pleased to find that you're learning some of the Shorter Catechism! During our family devotions, when our children were young, we all memorized over 100 of these questions and answers (it took years). Even though we talked about the Biblical truths summarised in them, we knew the children (and ourselves) had limited understanding BUT had a wonderful bank of knowledge that as adults may be a blessing for them. You've inspired me to refresh my memory.

At 07 January, 2007 00:39, Blogger Laurel Wreath said...

This is beautifully stated and I agree with Linda above you explain very well. Amen.

At 08 January, 2007 06:01, Blogger BrideOfChrist said...

I absolutely agree with you. There was a time when I wondered why God needed people to revere Him so much - was He that lacking in His own self-esteem. This seems funny now, but honestly, I think it seperates those from the Lord that do not know Him thinking that He wants us to worship Him in some ritualistic, drone-like manner when, infact, as you said, it is about an open fellowship with Him that lasts forever and takes place every day. That is what I am all about - enjoying Christ, simply, every day, in every way :)

At 08 January, 2007 09:48, Blogger Keziah said...

Thank you for all your kind and encouraging comments. I think most of us probably already knew this catechism already, so it's an easy one of memorise, but I enjoyed going through the Scripture proofs learning where these doctrines were based.


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