3. God Created Us for His Own Glory
This and the following point aim to address not only what prompted God to create, but also what is our purpose now that we are created? What are we supposed to do? The answer: glorify God.
In biblical terms, glory means value. To glorify something is to show why that thing is inherently valuable. To glorify God is to show the world how great, gracious, holy, and honorable He is. God created us, along with the rest of creation, to further His glory. This theme is prevalent throughout Scripture. Here are only a few examples.
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? – Job 38:4-7
Note at the end of the text, God created in front of an audience. This is not simply for the dramatic effect, but this is so that God can demonstrate his power in front of His creation. It is so that He can be glorified by the angels. If God were apathetic about his glory, He would not go out of His way to lay the cornerstone of the universe in front of a divine audience.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. – Psalm 19:1-2
Not only were we created for God’s glory, but the rest of creation was made to demonstrate God’s glory to us! Go outside and take a look around. You will be hard-pressed to not find countless reasons to marvel at God’s amazing creation, regardless of where you are in the world.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works. – Psalm 104:31
Here the psalmist addresses how God is glorified in all of His works—creation included. All that God does is done for His glory, which means that when God chose to create, He did so for His glory. That also means that God’s will for His creation is His glory. Our purpose for being created is to glorify God, and our purpose now that we are created is to glorify God.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism answers the question, what is the chief end of man? With the following answer: the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. For hundreds of years, orthodox Christians have understood their purpose in being created as glorifying God, and God seeks to glorify Himself.
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