The first question of The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks: "What is the chief end of man?" The answer: "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."
How can we glorify God? By going to church and worshiping with all our might? Perhaps. By coming to Bible study and sharing together with others over the Word? Yes, in part. By practicing prayer and treating our families nicely and loving our neighbors as ourselves? All these are helpful. But the true answer to the question of how we may glorify God in this life is to live this life the way Jesus did. In His great High Priest's prayer to the Father Jesus acknowledged that He had glorified God during His time on earth. A little later He would tell His disciples, "As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you" (John 20.21). Jesus glorified the Father and we have been sent to glorify the Father in the same way that Jesus did. So how was it that Jesus glorified the Father?
- Read John 17:21-24 and discuss:
What does it mean to glorify God?
What is the glory of God?
How do we bring the glory of God to light through our lives?
Jesus is our model for glorifying God.
- Read John 17:4 and discuss:
What "work" did Jesus do on earth?
How did that work glorify God?
How can our work glorify God?
If the glory of God is, in some sense, the manifestation of God - all of His majesty, holiness, beauty, power, goodness, excellence, and so forth - how should we expect our work to be a "staging ground" for God to show His glory?
What would God being glorified through your work look like?
Work matters, and not just for earning a living or keeping up appearances. Work matters to God, for He intends to glorify Himself in our work, just as He did in the work of His Son. Although we do not have the same work that Jesus did, we have the work God has appointed to us, and He is able to enter into that work and through it to show Himself in His glory to the watching world. Work matters, but the work we've been given to do is greater than the job at which we work.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31