Why are we here?
That’s a question people have been asking for centuries: why do we exist, what is life all about?
For many, there’s no real answer and life has little meaning beyond what they can see and feel in the here and now. But for those who believe in God as our creator and saviour, the answer is there in His words through the prophet Isaiah:
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you …
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine … everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isaiah 43)
We have been created ‘for God’s glory’! But what exactly does that mean? What is God’s
glory, and how on earth can we give glory to Him?
“The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend”, and Moses dared to ask God
“Please show me your glory” (Exodus 33).
And what did he see then?
Not the brightness, the sapphire pavement, the devouring fire … but God’s goodness, His grace and His mercy, His Name; in other words, God’s essence, His character. That is what the Lord wants us to share with Him: His own nature, His characteristics.
That’s why we were made “in his image”, both male and female; we are created to reflect the glory of the Creator!
God’s glory is one of those wonder-full themes that runs through the whole of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation where, at the end, when all things are fulfilled, the new Jerusalem is flooded with the light of the glory of God. This renewal is made possible through Jesus who, Hebrews tells us,
“is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature” (Hebrews 1:3).
God’s glory may be a dazzling brightness, but it’s one we can see and begin to experience when we look at Jesus. And by following our Master, by trying to develop his characteristics – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness – we can begin to be part of his glory. This is how we “give him glory”; this is how we glorify him. Paul told the Corinthian disciples:
“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Anything and everything we do in our lives, in our church worship, in our relationships with others, it can all be done to God’s glory, to glorify him, if we do it in his spirit, with right motives and in love. As we do,
“we all, … beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Peter too continues the theme when he encourages us (1 Peter 4) to maintain constant love for one another, to be hospitable and to use whatever gifts we have been given:
“in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen”
2nd Prayer theme for this February:
– Pray that in everything we do, we do it all to the glory of God