Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

What Is The Chief End of Man?

On the subject of purpose, few quotes inspire and move me like the answer to question #1 in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “What is the chief end of man?”

Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”

Nothing could be more emphatic. Everything created derives its purpose and relevance from the creator. This couldn’t be more true for the human race.

The end of all living is for God’s glory

It was John Piper who said:

God has given us our identity in order that His identity might be proclaimed in the world through us. God made us who we are so we could make known who He is.

At the heart of our lives must be a desire to make much of God and make Him known. We were made for glory; God’s glory — 1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 73:24-26.

It doesn’t matter what we achieve or the honor we are bestowed in this life. If God is not glorified, our lives will have no eternal consequence.

Yes, life is a gift but in the end, we will account for it to God.

The end of all living is for our radical joy

Intimacy with Jesus is not a boring, dull or wasted life. On the contrary, there is no greater adventure than the pursuit of God in our broken world.

Glory and joy are inseparable partners in God. When we seek God’s glory in all things, radical joy in the present and eternity is inevitable.

Radical joy is the evidence of a life that is fully satisfied in God. But more than that, in eternity, our joy in God will never end. We are to enjoy God forever.

God is not against our joy. Instead, He commands it — Romans 15:13, Philippians 4:4, Psalm 16:11, John 15:11, 16:24, Galatians 5:22.

So, be truly and wholly satisfied in Him.

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About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

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