“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab.2:14)
Glory comes from the Hebrew word Kabod, which means honor and abundance. The root word in Kabod means weighty or heavy. So when we speak of God’s glory we are speaking of His weightiness or heaviness. We even have the American phrase, “Whoa, that’s heavy.” God gets Himself glory by displaying His character and His works in creation; we see it and feel the weight of His power and majesty, and in response, we praise and honor Him.
This is the ultimate purpose of life…
- It is God’s purpose (Num.14:22)
- It is humanities purpose (Isa.43:7, Rom.11:36)
- It is the Church’s Purpose (Eph.3:21)
- God gets glory through creation (Ps.19:1)
- God gets glory through His Son (Jn.17:4)
- God gets glory through His Word (Ps.19:7-10)
- God gets glory through saving sinners (Ex.29:46, Rom.3:26)
- God gets glory by defeating and condemning the wicked (Ex.14:4, Rom.9:20-23)
- God gets glory through His redeemed children (2 Cor.3:18)
How Do We Give Him Glory?
As representatives of God, we strive to display His character in our personal life and ministry. This display of God will become an aroma of life to some and an aroma of death to others…
2 Cor.2: 14-16: “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
What Does Living for God’s Glory Require?
It will cost you everything. Maybe even your life. But in return you get Jesus! He offers us a relationship with Himself and an eternity with Him in glory. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col.1:27).
For until men feel that they owe everything to God, that they are cherished by His paternal care, and that He is the author of all their blessings, so that naught is to be looked for away from Him, they will never submit to Him voluntary obedience; no, unless they place their entire happiness in Him, they will never yield up their whole selves to Him in truth and sincerity. -John Calvin
Westminster Shorter Catechism: Question One
What is the chief end of man?
Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.