The ultimate purpose of life is to glorify God. This is why you were born.
In 1 Corinthians 10:31 Paul affirms the supreme importance of this when he declares “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” The “whatever you do” includes all of your activities and relationships.
For example, God calls you to glorify him in your home and community, with your friends as well as strangers, in marriage or singleness, and very definitely in your daily work in which you do it all for the glory of God.
God’s glory can be defined as the manifestation of his presence. His glory is not an abstract concept; it can be seen and sensed in the world; it can be experienced.
As Christians we are alive with Christ and by his grace we have the greatest capacity, more than any other created thing, to glorify him in the way we live.
Jesus has already given us the Father’s glory. He says so in John 17:22: “I have given them the glory that you gave me.” We Christians do not have to go find God’s glory—it was God’s gift to us at the time of our salvation.
God has planted his glory in every Christian and he desires for us to radiate it before others. This is what Jesus is saying to his followers in Galilee in Matthew 5:16:
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Today, your light, i.e., Christian character, work ethic, and good deeds in the workplace, reflect positively on your Father in heaven and bring glory to him. God always gets the glory and never us.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:15:
“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”
Glorifying God at work is like the shining lamp on a stand. Your Christ-likeness is a light that brightens the workplace. Talking about light is one thing, but being the lamp that illuminates your surroundings is all together more real and meaningful.
Ask yourself these on-the-job questions:
Are my actions bringing glory to God?
Do my words align with God’s character?
Are all of my relationships glorifying him?
How about my integrity and work quality?
Am I becoming more like Jesus Christ?
Knowing the purpose of your life, to glorify God, will help you make better decisions about how to live your life. Psalms 86:12 says, “I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.”
Glorify God in all of your workplace relationships and actions.