Wednesday, April 10, 2013

What you must live for....

1. Q. What is chief end of man? A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever. a) What is meant by the chief end of man? The chief end of man, is that which man ought chiefly to aim at or design, to desire, seek after, and endeavour to obtain, as his chief good and happiness; unto which his life and his actions should be referred and directed; which is the glorifying of God, and the enjoying of God for ever. b) May men have no other chief end than the glorifying and enjoying God? Men ought to have no other chief end than the glorifying of God, but they may have subordinate ends. For - 1) Men ought to be diligent in their particular callings, for this end, that they may provide for themselves and their families. ("and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one." 1Thess. 4:11, 12) 2) Men may eat, and drink, and sleep, for this end, that they may nourish and refresh their bodies. It is lawful to design and desire, and seek such things as these in such actions, subordinately, or less principally; but in these and all actions, men ought principally and chiefly to design and seek the glory of God. (So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Cor. 10:31). 3) Men may moderately desire and endeavour after the enjoyment of such portion of the good things of the world as is needful and useful; but they ought to make choice of God for their chief good, and desire the eternal enjoyment of him as their chief portion ("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." Ps. 73:25, 26)

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