By Pastor Tom Davidson
Suppose you were given a brand new toaster as a gift. When you got home, you plugged it in, placed some bread in it, and then waited for the toast to pop up a few minutes later. Well, the toast never did pop up from it because; well, it didn’t work. It just sat there, all nice and shiny. Oh, it was real pretty, all right, matching the decor of the kitchen perfectly. It had that brand new look about it…but it wouldn’t toast bread. So, you packaged it back up to take it back, but since you couldn’t find your receipt, the store wouldn’t exchange it, so you were stuck with it. So you brought it back home and tried to figure out what you could do with it. Now let me ask you a question: What good is a toaster that doesn’t toast? Absolutely nothing! It’s too big for a paper weight; too ugly for a doorstop; and it would rust if you put it out as a law ornament. So you ended up throwing it in the trash and buying a new one that worked. It was useless because it didn’t fulfill the purpose for which it was made. The same is true of the Christian who doesn’t fulfill the purpose for which He was made. So, what is our purpose in life? As shown in Ephesians 1, in verses 3-14 we see how Paul details spiritual blessings for believers from God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But nestled in all three sets of verses is an interesting and very important phrase.
Paul explains wonderful things we receive from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But all of them are tied to our ultimate purpose in life: We were saved to be the the praise of God’s glory! God elected, saved and predestined a people, not primarily for their benefit – to save us from hell and give us eternal life, things that are merely side benefits of salvation; but God’s ultimate purpose was for the praise of His glory. If you’re saved this morning, that’s your purpose in life. That’s why you’re here on this earth instead of up in heaven right now. In fact, that’s the very reason you were created. You see; everything has a purpose, and it’s of little or no value if it’s not fulfilling that purpose. Now if we started living in a conscious and intentional way for the purpose for which God created and saved us, it would revolutionize our Christian lives. The greatest motivator in the Christian life is to start living your life with one grand idea in view – that is, that in every single thing you do, every single word you speak, and every single thought you think – you do everything to the praise of God’s glory. That ought to be the goal of every one of us – to bring glory to God! That ought to be what we live for – to bring glory to God! This ought to be the thing that makes us tick in the Christian life. If it did, it would to be the greatest activator, energizer and mobilizer in our lives. Did you know that everything in your life is tied in some way to bringing glory to God? When you look at the Bible, you find that almost everything we’re commanded to do as believers is in some way connected with glorifying God.
The whole purpose for this message has been to show to you that everything we do in the Christian life should be related to one purpose in life – to bring glory to God. In fact, I have a verse for that: 1 Corinthians 10:31 – “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” May I ask you a few penetrating questions? What motivates you? Why do you serve God? Do you work and pray and serve in order to glorify God? Is the glory of God the paramount consideration in your life and thinking? “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
May you and I evaluate everything we do, every word we speak, every thought we think, every decision we make, everything we consume, every place we go, every piece of clothing we put on our bodies, every song we play on our iPods, every TV show or DVD we watch…on the basis of one thing – does it bring glory to God?