“Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence.”Resolution #1
Think To Be Most to God’s Glory
The pursuit of God’s glory should be our highest end. What is the chief and highest end of man? The Westminster catechism answers this question: “Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.” It’s one thing to acknowledge this high end, but it’s an entirely different reality to pursue it. How do we pursue it? If we truly believe that man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God and to fully enjoy Him forever then we must start with practical ways of accomplishing this high task!
One practical way of thinking most of God’s glory in what ever you do is to simply ask yourself, “Will God be glorified in what I’m about to do?” before you complete your daily activities (at work, school, gym and etc…). Of course, this will not be a habit developed overnight. This will take time, like any other discipline. In the Olympics, we witness astonishing, almost super human-like performances from athletes. Little do we know, however, that it’s the minor decisions made by the Olympian that usually go unnoticed by the public eye that distinguishes him or her from all others. Decisions like what to eat or not to eat, what to drink or not to drink, how much to eat or drink, when and how much to sleep, and so on. How much more should we consider the glory of God in our decisions? To pursue this high end, we should strive to do whatever we think to be most to God’s glory.
Our Own Good, Profit and Pleasure
The man who seeks his own gain and is primarily invested in self is the man who can never be completely and fully satisfied; however, it is the Christian man who seeks after God’s own heart, will and glory that will find true, everlasting satisfaction. Naturally, men seek satisfaction in things that eventually perish; however, the Christian man seeks eternal satisfaction in the Eternal One. When we seek God’s glory first, we no longer think primarily of ourselves. We think of God’s will and desire first, as opposed to our own. Eventually we learn that our good can only be defined by God’s will, as opposed to our own fleshy desires. The world will not understand this way of life, but we can be rest assured to trust in God when it comes to our own good. Let’s recall Paul’s letter to the Romans.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”Romans 8:28
Since we can trust God for our own good, how does this reflect our lives at work, school or in any other area? Should we continue to strive, succeed and enjoy the wonders of life? When the Spirit of God has renewed our minds and hearts, we no longer seek gain for greedy or selfish purposes. We now handle our cherished possessions in a godly manner. In fact, we now have the liberty in Christ to profit for the glory of God. Our pleasures, formerly corrupt and perverted, are now godly as well. Providing for your family can bring pleasure. Reconciling a husband and wife, as a pastor or friend, can bring much pleasure, as well. Experiencing the beauty of God’s creation can bring pleasure to our senses, such as our sight, smell, touch, feel and taste. All this is for the glory of God! But most importantly, we find complete satisfaction in Christ alone. Everything else may be fleeting, but our everlasting joy is in Him! We are made to worship and glorify God forever, as much as we are made to enjoy Him in all aspects of this life and the life to come.
1 Corinthians 10:31
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
“Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”