What is the meaning of it all? Why are we here? In one sentence, wonderful in its brevity, I offer a two fold reply: “to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” That being said, my philosophy of life consists of simply this: how on earth do we, rebels against God’s majesty, we whose best works in this life are still stained with sin, bring anything of value or worth to God? How can we be said to “glorify” Him in His highest power? To answer these questions, we must first realize that our glorification of God does not actually contribute anything to God’s essence or character. In other words, we do not make him happier, more satisfied, or majestic than he was before our existence. Nor is there anything intrinsic to us that glorifies God. Everything we have of any worth that may be said to glorify Him is the direct product of His own gift and activity.
To live for the glorification of God is something that is entirely individualistic and admirable in my opinion. I believe God and faith coexist together but faith does not set out to merit God’s favor. It does not try to appease God by vain promises of better performances in the future, nor does it take anything to itself. Faith does not even look to itself as the “little work” one performed for salvation. For we are saved by Christ, not by faith; faith simply receives everything that was already accomplished.
Those who are truly united to Christ by a true and lively faith grow and mature both in their knowledge and their character, as the life of Christ produces repentance, love, and the works that flow out of these gifts, in the life of the believer. These gracious effects never become the basis for our justification or acceptance before God. They follow regeneration; the believer need not undergo a further experience or enter into a higher level of grace in order to enjoy these privileges and joys of a new life. The inheritance of Christ does not come in pieces, as though God were holding a carrot above our heads in order to get us to jump through hoops. Rather, both gifts, justification and sanctification, new status and new life, are given the moment one trusts in Christ alone as the sufficient ground, mediator, and sustainer of the believer’s righteousness before God.
The terms are clear: glorify Him and enjoy Him forever by receiving the good gifts as tokens of his favor and fatherly pleasure. In eternity past, God put together a plan which included blessings just for us. We glorify Him when we live in that plan and receive all the blessings he has designed for us. God not only wills His highest and best for each believer but, at the same time He provides equal privilege and equal opportunity to attain these blessings. “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved”.(EPH 1:4-6)
My purpose in life, removed from any religious aspects, however, is to serve and protect. I will within the next two years become a certified Police Officer within the Beaverton Police Department. I have known from a very young age that I was meant to do something more with my life then the “average man“. Not to say that a well established desk job is anything less then worthy, but I know I am one of the few who will not settle for the easy out. I don’t want to be the norm of those who despise their job but rather a professional who enjoys the work they do and believes in the nature of their efforts.
I so have to go to bed and stop chuckling at your responses Misha.
Hey, isn't it also around 4.40am where you are? Are you up late or early?
Nah, i am currently in Moscow Russia visiting my parents, and it is about 1 pm here
hahaha....so I am the insomniac.
Egads, the sun will come up soon, I really should get some sleep!
Have a shot of potato vodka with your folks for me.
LOL Thank you.
Vodka usually is made from wheat in this part of the world. It tastes much better.
Hmmm that makes me want to re-read the potato factory. Nice Hijack, guys!
Well, I stand corrected...wheat vodka all the way!
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