Why Can’t I Fulfill My Purpose: What Is The Chief End Of Man

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God,(a) and to enjoy him forever.(b)

(a) Ps 86:9; Isa 60:21; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 6:20; 1 Cor 10:31; Rev 4:11

(b) Ps 16:5-11; Ps 144:15; Isa 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil 4:4; Rev 21:3-4

(a1) Romans 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (a2) 1 Corinthians 6:20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (a3) 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

(b1) Psalms 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (b2) Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (b3) Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice

Man’s main purpose and goal in life is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever. We do this by growing in our understanding of him and the world he has made. We do this by bringing ourselves and the world around us under dominion. And we do this by spending ourselves serving the Lord and others. If this is our main duty and purpose in life, why does it seem so contrary to our natural desires? Our natural desires are frankly the opposite. We become infatuated with the world and the people in it. We find ourselves looking to every other source of truth for our direction other than the Bible. We don’t seek to bring ourselves and the world under dominion, but rather let ourselves go towards disunity and arbitrariness. We become consumed with me, myself, and I. And when we do serve others, we do so that they might think well of us, thus bringing glory back upon ourselves instead of God.

The reason for this contradiction is that we are fallen and sinful creatures. The two greatest commandments are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Every second that ticks by is yet another moment we break these commandments. We don’t glorify God, nor enjoy him because we are sinful to the core.

The good news intended to bring great joy for all people, is that 2000 years ago in the city of David a Savior was born, who is Christ the Lord. He was born of the virgin Mary. He dwelt upon this earth and lived the ultimate life. He glorified God with perfection and is still enjoying him now, and into eternity. He suffered under Ponticus Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day, he rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven where he sits at the right hand of the Father. He makes intercession for the saints; those who through repentance and faith believe upon Him (Jesus Christ) for their salvation and eternal hope. If you come to Jesus confessing your sin, confessing him as your Lord and Savior, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead; you will be saved. And if you are saved, the Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell inside of you. When he comes, he changes your nature so that you can begin to truly bring glory to God, and enjoy him forever.

What is the chief end of man? It is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. The first step in fulfilling our purpose in life is to come to Calvary. The cross of Christ is the greatest display of love mankind has ever seen. And the cross of Christ is the only place mankind receives the grace and ability to glorify God and enjoy him forever. O won’t you come to him today?

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