The Purpose of Life

According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.”

John Piper added that you could just as easily say that our chief end is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever. We glorify God fullest when we engage in all that He is and receive all that He has for us.

I think mark of a life well lived was that people looked at us and saw Jesus. They saw how we lived our lives and chose our words and read the words of God not written down on tablets but engraved on human hearts. They may not have ever picked up a Bible, but they read us and saw and heard the gospel.

I’ve heard it before and I’ve said it before that most of us want to look good and feel good when we should be good and do good. We want to make an impression, but we should make a difference.

To have lived well doesn’t mean that you jumped out of planes or climbed mountains or swam with sharks. It means that God’s purposes became your purposes, God’s heart became your heart, and God’s will became your will. It means that when you first meet God in heaven, you can hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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