Sooner or later, every thinking person asks those questions. The Bible is crystal clear: God created us for his glory. He said, “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory” (Isa 43:6–7 NIV).
Notice those last four words: “created for my glory.” The meaning of life is found in glorifying God. God knows that the best thing for us is himself. As we focus our lives on him—or, in other words, as we glorify him—doing so gives us fulfillment. This is because he truly is the best thing that could ever happen to us.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism opens with this foundational question:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Our primary purpose is to glorify God and derive our greatest joy from him. Yet there is more. Not only were we created for God’s glory, but we were saved to live for God’s glory: “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor 6:20).