Westminster Short Catechism Question One
Q: What is the chief end of man?
A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
I cannot now find the quote, but somewhere in A God-Entranced Vision of All Things (Piper and Taylor), the observation is made that, quoted loosely, “to glorify God is to enjoy him and to enjoy him is to glorify Him; in essence, man’s chief end is to glorify God by enjoying him forever.”
What a blessed thought. That the purpose of man is not found in any other task but that which encompasses glorifying God by enjoying him and enjoying him by glorifying him. The persons of the Triune God are so enthralled with love for one another and their glory that this purpose naturally flows out into created man made in his image.
God has made us to glorify and enjoy him – forever.
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31 NASB
“Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Ps. 73:25-26 NASB