Get this… nail it down… accept it as total and complete life truth:
Everything is about God and glorifying Him.
The most important thing God has in mind is bringing Himself glory. That is why He created everything… why He causes all He causes… why He does what He does… and why He allows what He allows. There is not one single thing any person can name that is not ultimately about God’s glory.
Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Pslam 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Everything we do is to glorify God. When young people go on dates… it is to glorify God. When choosing a career… it is to glorify God. Filling out tax returns… talking on the phone… shopping… working… managing employees… every and all things we do are to glorify God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19b-20 You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Everything that happens in life is designed by God to bring Himself glory. This includes what we call good and what we call bad… what we call blessings and what we call tragedy… what we call pleasant and what we call hurtful.
When glorifying God is the single passion in life, THEN the believer is filled with joy IN God because He is their life. As Jonathan Edwards wrote…
Because [God] infinitely values his own glory, consisting in the knowledge of himself, love to himself… joy in himself; he therefore valued the image, communication or participation of these, in the creature. And it is because he values himself, that he delights in the knowledge, and love, and joy of the creature; as being himself the object of this knowledge, love and complacence… [Thus] God’s respect to the creature’s good, and his respect to himself, is not a divided respect; but both are united in one, as the happiness of the creature aimed at, is happiness in union with himself.
It is sin of the most despicable kind to live life for our own glory or to satisfy ourselves with no thought of God.