One Unifying Purpose

In a world of dizzyingly rapid change, multiple options, competing demands, conflicting desires, and limited personal resources, is there any way to find coherence in our lives? What overarching concept, single goal, clarifying lens, or fundamental principle can bring this kaleidoscope into focus? Where can we find a firm foundation, a stable platform or - to change the metaphor – clearly-marked path to personal peace and productivity? In one sense, the question is, Why are we here?As I struggled with these questions the other day, a “new” idea came to me. It’s really very old, but to my shame I have not allowed it to integrate all my thoughts, words, and actions. It is not the only way to look at life, and certainly not the only biblical category that sheds light upon the scattered fragments of our days and minds. I am speaking, of course, about the glory of God. Consider a few Scriptures: God called the remnant of Israel those “whom I have created for My glory” (Isaiah 43:7). Jesus Himself sought only the glory of God the Father (John 7:18; 8:50. He taught His disciples to pray first of all, “Hallowed be Your [the Father’s] name” (Matthew 6:9), and commanded, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Paul said that those who hoped in Christ should “be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:14). He returned to this theme often: “Therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20). “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Peter writes that we are to exercise our spiritual gifts, “that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). Indeed, the Bible abounds with exhortations to give God glory, for He alone deserves all the glory, honor and praise that heaven and earth can offer (Ephesians 3:21; Revelation 1:6; 4:11; 5:12-13; 7:12; 14:7). What if all our prayers and plans (in that order!) were aimed at God’s glory? Imagine the single-mindedness and serenity that would flood the hearts of those who had only one unifying purpose in life, one compelling passion, one magnificent obsession – the glory of God the Father and of His Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit!