Vespers – Spurgeon’s Question 1

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

  • 1 Corinthians 10:31

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.

  • Romans 11:36

You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.

  • Psalm 73:24-26

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— … “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

  • John 17:22, 24

“Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
“A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), and to enjoy him forever (Ps. 73:25-26).

  • Charles H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Catechism

“Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
“A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

  • The Shorter Catechism (Westminster Assembly)

“Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
“A. Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.

  • The Larger Catechism (Westminster Assembly)

The first question in each of these catechisms is the same.  The Larger Catechism is wordier in the answer.

Note: While the Shorter Catechism is Shorter, the Larger Catechism could be longer, but then who would study it, understanding human nature.  But if you are digging deeper you might go for a “larger,” and meatier, version.

For this first question, the added words in the Larger Catechism of “and highest” inspired the title of Oswald Chambers most influential book (devotional), My Utmost for His Highest.

The forever at the end is important.  We were not created for this world with God behind the veil.  The elect, those that Jesus asked for in John 17:24, were made so that those elect can be with Jesus forever.

But if the answer to the question makes any sense for our study now, on the earth, our chief end in this world must be to glorify and enjoy the Lord here on earth.

The big difference is that while here on earth there is an element of imperfection in our worship, but in the next world, with a new heaven and a new earth, our worship will be perfect.

Father, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You
Jesus, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You
Spirit, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You

  • Terrye Coelho, Father, I Adore You

Closing Prayer

Dear Lord,
We worship and adore You.  But we confess that sometimes we falter in laying down our lives before You every second or every day.  We may get distracted from time to time.  We may slip into old habits.  We may stumble.  Our daily schedules may demand a great deal of us, and we might become weakened or unfocused. Yet, our heart is for You, and we will continue to worship You, and with Your help, we want to be more like You every day.  After all, we will be enjoying You forever.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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