Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the meaning of life”? Eastern
Philosophers will try and tell you the answer is inside yourself, or achieving “nirvana” or abstaining from every pleasure. Others insist on living separate from the rest of the world in a temple, meditating until their legs fall asleep. Western culture likes to say that we make our own meaning out of life, or that we define our own destiny. None of these answers are correct.
But if you’re a believer in Christ, congratulations! You have the answer, well not you exactly, but God’s word. The Westminster confession tells us that, “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” The Westminster writers didn’t invent this saying, it’s found all over Scripture.
John 15:8 (ESV)
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
Isaiah 43:6-7 (ESV)
I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; 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, whom I formed and made.”
Psalm 16:11 (ESV)
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
You don’t have to search high and low; the answer is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Today, think about how important it is to glorify God, and why it’s important to have joy as you walk each day with Jesus. You know the meaning of life: it’s not about you. It’s all about Him!