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For His Glory

Over the last three months, I’ve been working with my three-year old son on a catechism. It’s a series of questions and answers that are designed to be memorized in order to teach young children basic Bible truths. He loves it! Every night at dinner he asks me, “Is it time for our questions?”

I love the way he answers the questions, question three in particular. I ask him, “Why did God make you and all things?” In his adorable three-year old voice, he replies, “For His glory!”

For His glory...

What an astonishing truth to hear from the lips of my child. I exist for God’s glory. For me to exist for the glory of God means that I was not created for my own pleasure. I was not created to experience life and fulfill my desires. I was created for God’s pleasure—to be a mirror that reflects Him.

The truth of this is foundational for every Christian. The very purpose of our existence is not found in ourselves, and yet every day we make choices centered on bringing glory to ourselves rather than God. In our sinful nature, we instinctively seek money, power, fame, and pleasure, not realizing that our actions speak volumes about what we believe about God: God is here for me. He exists for my glory. It’s no wonder God is right to pour out wrath on those who rebel against Him!

But praise God for His grace! The Lord Jesus Christ perfectly reflected the glory of God so that the scriptures can say,
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.
Hebrews 1:3
Then, in His death on the cross, he took the punishment we deserved for our rebellion, facing the full weight of the wrath of God, so that those who trust in Him would be set free from their sinful nature and once again reflect the glory of God.

Today, and every day, may you remember that you have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20) and saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), so that you will bring glory to God.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16