Experiencing Jesus’ abundant pardon and peace in our lives leads us to understand our ultimate purpose. John 17:3 says, “And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Christ came that we might know God! Not just about God – many people including the demons know much about God. But we can know God on an intimate, personal level. The more time we devote to reading His Word, communicating with Him in prayer, and surrendering our lives to the Holy Spirit, the more we come to intimately know the Lord. And the more we know Him and His character, the more we grow to love Him.
Our catechism’s first question asks: “What is the chief end of man?” Really it’s asking, what is man’s purpose? The answer? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Glorify God and enjoy Him forever – that’s really part of knowing Him isn’t it? In fact, question 1 of John Calvin’s catechism, which he wrote for the church in Geneva, asks, “What is the chief end of human life?” His answer? “To know God by whom men were created.” You can’t glorify and enjoy someone you don’t know. Everything else in life falls under this ultimate purpose:
- Should I accept this job?
- Should I marry this person?
- Should we attend this church or another?
- How can I use the gifts and talents that God has given to me?
We can answer these big questions of life when we have an overarching purpose and goal of glorifying, enjoying, and knowing God. As Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” As you seek the Lord and make knowing Him your greatest priority, He will make known to you “all these things” by His Word and Holy Spirit.
- Do you have purpose in your life?
- Is your ultimate goal to truly know God, and to glorify and enjoy Him forever?
- If so, how could this be reflected in your daily life, schedule, and relationships?
Jesus Christ came to this earth that we might know God. As Paul said, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15) An abundant life of pardon, peace, and purpose cannot be lived in our own strength. Join me in our last post in this series to find out how we can live the abundant life.