– Sam Storms
To Glorify Him
The Bible says of Christ, “by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him,” (Col 1:16), and “for him” means for His glory. Since we we’re also created, you don’t have to be a theologian to know we’re created for His glory too. Just look up into the stars some night and you’ll see that “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).
To Praise Him
The psalmist had this perfectly right: “Let everything that has breathe praise the LORD! Praise the LORD,” (Psalm 150:6), and since we’ve got breath in us, we’re made to praise Him! Let’s you and I take this verse personally; “My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:12). Again, all things that breath and everything with flesh (especially us) should “bless his holy name” so let our mouth “speak the praise of the Lord.” That’s why we were created.
To Worship Him
When Jesus was speaking to the woman at the well, He said, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24), because worship without truth can lead to heresy, but worship without the Spirit, can miss the truth. We must have both spirit and truth in our worship, “for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” (John 4:23).
To Be with Him
The ultimate goal that God had in mind since before mankind was created, was to take a people for Himself and then He would be their God and they would be His people (Jer 32:28), so when the kingdom of heaven arrives with the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:2), “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (Rev 21:3), and we will finally see God face to face for the very first time (Rev 22:4).
We were created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, and that forever’s has already started for us who believe. He also created us to praise Him and to worship Him, but to also be with Him. That’s just too hard to put into words. What will it be like in the New Jerusalem? The Apostle John writes that God will once and for all, “wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev 21: 4).