“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” (The Westminster Shorter Catechism)
Living for the glory of God is an act of complete surrender; declaring God sovereign over every aspect of our lives. As humble creatures of God’s creation surrendering our lives to allowing Him to shape them is an important means of glorying God.
Living for the glory of God also means to be a man after His own heart. In searching for a successor for the wayward King Saul, 1 Samuel 13:14 reveals that “the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart” and we all know that David went on to become a man with God’s passionate heartbeat.
Living for the glory of God we become good stewards of our God-given talents and time.
Living for the glory of God also involves giving him reverence as our Creator and Saviour, respect and acknowledgement for all the wonderful works He’s done in our lives, and most importantly making his name known to the world as we fulfil the great commission.
John Piper put it this way:
“God created us ‘in his image’ so that we would image forth his glory in the world. We were made to be prisms refracting the light of God’s glory into all of life. Why God should want to give us a share in shining with his glory is a great mystery. Call it grace or mercy or love—it is an unspeakable wonder. Once we were not. Then we existed for the glory of God! Therefore it is the duty of every person to live for the glory of God. ‘So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God’ (1 Corinthians 10:31). What does it mean to glorify God? It does not mean to make him more glorious. It means to acknowledge his glory, and to value it above all things, and to make it known. It implies heartfelt gratitude (Psalm 50:23). It also implies trust (Romans 4:20).” (Desiring God)