In Isaiah 43:7 we read, “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I HAVE CREATED FOR MY GLORY; I have formed him, yes, I have made him” (NKJV). This verse clearly and emphatically teaches us why God created us; He created us for His glory. You say that giving God glory in your life “makes you question the point of your existence,” here we see that giving God glory IS the point of your existence!

Let me say gently but firmly, we are God’s creatures and we should never question Him. In Romans Chapter 9 the Apostle Paul addresses those who would question God’s sovereignty with these words, “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?” (verse 19-20). If one truly understands who God is—an all-powerful, all-wise, and loving Creator, they would never question His actions, whether it be His act of creating us or in anything He does. We would not question Him; we would WORSHIP HIM! We would desire to “give Him glory in our life.”

Let me ask you a question, “Why don’t all people give God the glory in their lives?” The fact is, MOST PEOPLE fail to give Him glory; instead they rebel against Him. Why? Ah, the answer is most humbling and most people refuse to accept the answer. The reason can be summed up in one little three-letter word: SIN! When God first created Adam and gave him dominion over all the earth (Genesis 1:26-28) he was extremely blessed in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8-15). God then blessed Adam with a wife (Genesis 2:18-25) and they lived together in sweet harmony, serving their benevolent Creator. In a word, “They gave God the glory in their lives.” Yet God had given them one simple commandment to test their love and obedience to Him, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17). In the next chapter we read of the fateful day when they chose to disobey God, “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make on wise, SHE TOOK OF ITS FRUIT AND ATE. She also gave to her husband with her, and HE ATE” (3:6).  That very moment Adam and Eve “died spiritually” (which means they were now separated from God spiritually) and they began to “die physically.” We read in Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as through one man SIN ENTERED THE WORLD, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because ALL SINNED.” Sin brought death, not only to Adam, but to all men. Add to that the fact that ALL MEN born of Adam were BORN SINNERS, as we see in Romans 5:19, “For as by one man’s disobedience MANY WERE MADE SINNERS.”  Dear friend, this is the reason why men, women, boys and girls refuse to give God the glory in their lives. Sin has separated them from God, resulting in rebellion against Him and living a life WITHOUT GOD.

If that were the end of the story mankind would be doomed. But God’s LOVE found a way to reconcile man back to Himself and to give them a new life. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (John 3:16; 1st John 4:9-10). The SIN QUESTION had to be settled and thus in love for you and me God sent His Son to the cross of Calvary to “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

All who take God at His word and believe on His Son as their Savior, will indeed be given eternal life. They will no longer be “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1); rather, their new life will cause them to love God (1st John 4:19). They will also have a real desire to “give God the glory in their lives,” knowing that they owe every blessing for time and eternity to Him for providing salvation through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who “loved us and gave Himself for us” (read and meditate on Galatians 2:20). They will acknowledge “they are WEAK,” but will know that God will give them the STRENGTH (through the indwelling Holy Spirt and through Christ) to serve him and to bring glory to His Name (see Acts 1:8; 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 and Philippians 2:13; 4:13).  (392.1)  (DO)