Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Have you ever wondered why you were created? A lot of people at some time in their lives have asked that common question: Why was I created?" No one was created by accident. God had a purpose for every life.
You don't have to read far in the Bible to discover the reasons you were created. Listed below are four reasons everyone was created. Once you realize why you were created, you will be able to enjoy life at a deeper level.
1. God Created You to Glorify Him
It is crystal clear throughout the Bible that the main reason people were created is to glorify God. That simply means to honor God and to give Him praise for who He is, for what He does, and for the bad things He prevents from happening to us. God created us to display His glory and not to take any glory for ourselves.
“Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).
“I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols” (Isaiah 42:8).
“Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isaiah 43:7).
2. God Created You To Make Disciples So They Can Also Glorify Him
It is not the end of the story after you make it a practice to give glory to God. You should go a step further and make disciples so they can glorify God as well.
The Great Commission explains that we are to make disciples once we become disciples ourselves.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:18-20).
3. God Created You to Help Others Glorify God
After Jesus called twelve disciples to follow Him, He taught them for three years until He died on the cross.
Jesus taught His disciple and the multiple during His Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew Chapters 5-7. He said:
"Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).
Jesus wasn't suggesting that people do God a big favor. He was merely commanding them to align their lives with God's plan to be in a relationship with Him.
Long before Jesus commanded His disciples to teach others what He had taught them, the psalmist wrote:
“All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name” (Psalm 86:9).
Just as we were created to glorify God, we were created also to encourage others to do the same. We fail in our service to God when we do not help others to glorify God just as we do.
4. God Created You to Bear Fruit to Glorify Him
Bearing fruit is the biblical concept that describes the outward actions that result from the inward condition of a person's heart. According to Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…" We bear fruit when we are in an intimate relationship with God. It is a test that proves people are in the family of God and are living according to His commandments.
Jesus told His disciples:
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:7-8).
Jesus also said:
"Bearing fruit is evidence that we glorify God." (John 15:5)
How Do You Give Glorify God?
We should never accept glory that belongs to God.
“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake” (Psalm 115:1).
Glorifying God is not a difficult act, but it should be a willing and heartfelt endeavor. God prefers you not doing it if you don't mean it. Glorifying God means to acknowledge His goodness and greatness and not to think you have done anything on your own. When you glorify God, you give Him honor by praising and worshiping Him.
“Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness” (1 Chronicles 16:28-29).
God was already self-sufficient and had everything He needed before He created us, but He created us to glorify Him according to many scriptures in the Bible from the words of Jesus, Paul, Peter, the prophets, and the psalmists.
- Jesus prayed, “Father, glorify thy name” (John 12:28).
- Paul says, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).
- Peter encouraged people to glorify God. He said," God in all things may be glorified” (1 Peter 4:11).
Everything we think, say, and do should give God the glory He desires and the glory He deserves. Therefore, our entire lifestyle should be centered around glorifying God.
The last book in the Bible gives the reason you were created and why you should give glory to God.
"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Revelation 4:11).
From now on whenever you wonder why you were created, you will know the answer. You will be able to say with certainty that God created you for His glory.
Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 30, 2021:
I can't. This whole "glory" thing sounds so vain. Like God needs my glorification? I'm a spec of dust. With, or without my glorification God is still God. I cannot think of anything more vain than wanting glorification from others. It feels so very insecure to want glorification. Why? Why want to be glorified? For what? To feel important because God would not be important if humans did not glorify Her?
There must be another way to interpret this. Thank You for your opinion though. All the best!