The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
I have heard this statement many times, and I believe it to be true. I have even nodded along as people claimed it as the answer to the classic question, “Why are we here?”. I consider it to be a simple and concise summary of many scriptures about why we were created and how we should live. However, I do not think it is an accurate explanation for why we are here, on earth.
Almost everything the Bible urges us to do will be better accomplished in heaven than on earth.
Love others? Check.
Glorify God? True.
Enjoy him forever? Obviously.
The one command that I have found in the Bible that is best fulfilled on earth is to tell others about God.
“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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
This cannot be accomplished in heaven. The reason we are still here is to make God known to unbelievers.
Of course, this does not excuse us from worship. It does not excuse us from any of the things God asks of us. What it should do, however, is inspire us and re-frame our purpose.
Let’s go. It’s time to make him known.
This post was inspired by a 2012 sermon series about Romans from Grace Bible Church. I enjoy listening to their sermons as clear, expository teaching of the Word.