The Glory of God: The Ultimate Climax and Theme of All Things
People often ponder over the meaning of life and the purpose for existence. While some believe that the purpose lies in self-fulfillment or the pursuit of happiness, there is a greater purpose that transcends individual desires. That purpose is found in seeking to bring attention to, reflect, embody, and share the glory of God.
God’s glory is the ultimate climax and theme of all things. From the vast expanse of the universe to the smallest insects and particles, everything was created for His glory. The Bible tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). All of creation was designed to point to the glory of the Creator.
Moreover, God’s glory is the purpose for which we were created. In Isaiah 43:7, the Lord says, “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Our existence is not about us, but about God. When we live our lives in a way that brings glory to God, we fulfill our purpose and experience true fulfillment.
How are you living in a way that brings glory to God?
“All things are for him, through him, and to him” (Romans 11:36). This powerful verse reminds us that everything in creation exists for the glory of God. He is the source, the means, and the end. When we recognize this truth and center our lives around it, we align ourselves with the ultimate purpose and experience a deep sense of fulfillment and joy.
- The Source – What does it mean to be the source? How can this be reassuring during times of doubt?
- The Means – If God is the means, what does it reveal about the part we play in expressing God’s glory?
- The End – If the end result is to bring light / awareness / worship of God, haw does that inform what we should do with our time?
Our Major Obstacle to Understanding God’s Glory
Idolatry is the sin that is most associated with stealing God’s glory. When we worship anything or anyone other than God, we rob ourselves of the gift of fellowship with God. This sin takes many forms, from the worship of false gods to the idolization of wealth, power, or influence. Whatever form it takes, idolatry distracts us from the true purpose of our existence and leads to destruction.
How many ways do you daily steal the glory of God?
Romans 11:33-35 proclaims, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” These verses remind us that we cannot fully comprehend the depth and vastness of God’s glory. It is beyond our understanding, and we are called to stand in awe of it, and respond in all kinds of expressions of worship.
How can your daily worship expressions bring honor and glory to God?
The glory of God is the ultimate purpose and climax of all things. It is the reason for our existence and the source of true fulfillment. When we live our lives for the glory of God and seek to honor Him in all things, we experience the true joy and satisfaction that life has to offer, and others are given an opportunity to taste and see that the Lord is good.
Here is your challenge:
Let Go – of anything that distracts you from being fully alive in God’s greatness.
Lean In – to discovering surrender and freedom in your relationship with God.
Lead Others – to discovering how life changing knowing God can be.