Why You Were Born – Author – Wade Thomas
“But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.”
You and I both exist to glorify God, and the most meaningful way a man can do that is by worshiping and enjoying Him forever. The only other way to do it is by remaining a child of His wrath, which is how we all start off. If a man finishes this life like he began it, spiritually dead in his sins, then he will glorify God by suffering the due penalty for those sins for eternity. Let me put it another way: We will all glorify Christ, either in Heaven or in Hell. The highest aim of a life is the former: To glorify God by eternally worshiping Him. That is the meaningful life, to point to God’s bigness and beauty by being thoroughly satisfied by Him forever and ever. Or, more briefly: To be a true Christian.
You were born to glorify God. The question before you is one of how. As one of the finally wicked He judges? Or as one of the forgiven wicked He adopts and changes?
Everything exists for God. He made it, this Creator who is Father and Son and Spirit. And all of it, from rabbits to redwoods, from Caesar Augustus to the governor in your state capital, has been put in subjection to Jesus. Which means that from the moment you were conceived, you existed for the Lord of this world. You were His creation, His subject, His property.
The human heart demands a purpose for life, and whenever there is a vacuum of purpose within it something lesser than God will fill it. If your heart denies its Maker, it will worship a lesser thing, because we were made to worship. This is why the Bible spends so much time on idolatry. Human beings are created as worshipers. We will always be worshiping something. We crave a God, a Maker, a purpose. And since the first sin, people have always chased non-God purposes. Often the things people chase are good and noble when taken as gifts from God, like family or vocation; they’re just not gods. Your family did not make you, and you must not worship your family by living for them. Your job did not make you, and you must not worship your job by living for it. You were made by and for God, and when He is your purpose and your treasure and your joy, you are living the way you were made to live.
You were born to glorify the God who is Father and Son and Spirit.
And the Gospel call to you is this: Trust in Christ, and so glorify Him by enjoying Him forever.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For 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.”
“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
Jesus, in Matthew 10:37-38