Christians have long understood that we exist for the glory of God. That our purpose in life is found in our Maker and Redeemer. The well known Westminster Shorter Catechism puts it this way:
Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever. (WSC Q.1)
The chief end of every person, the purpose behind their being, is to glorify and enjoy God. But what does it mean to glorify God?
The glory of God is often described as his “brightness,” or his “weightiness,” his “supremacy” or his “holiness.” I believe it is helpful to think of the glory of God as his beauty and preeminence. His glory is all that he is on display. We cannot add to God’s glory but we can reflect, or magnify, his glory in our lives, and this is what we are called to do throughout Scripture. The Apostle Paul puts it in the most practical way possible when he says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). But how do we actually do this?
The old Baptist Catechism for Girls and Boys addresses this simply by explaining:
Q. How can you glorify God?
A. By loving him and doing what he commands.