1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
What is the meaning of life? It’s a question that’s been asked throughout the ages. What am I here for? Why did God make me? These questions will be asked for many ages to come, yet the answers are right before us. They aren’t hidden from us. Within God’s Word is the meaning of life.
Many attempts have been made, many guesses at the meaning of life. From the simple yet naïve “Happiness” to the more discerning “helping others”, we’ve tried to figure it all out. But we need not guess. God did not leave this question open-ended. He spoke and we should listen.
We’re told repeatedly in the Bible that all things were made by God and for God (Colossians 1:16, Romans 11:36). This includes us. You and I were made by God for God’s glory. We’re made in His image! (Genesis 1:27) I love how Psalm 8 describes God’s creation and our relationship to it. Salvation comes from Him and Him alone. Not one of us is worthy of one bit of the glory. We are the created but He is the Creator, the Sanctifier, the Redeemer, the Savior.
None of this is by accident, none of it coincidence. We’re all created with a purpose and that purpose is God’s. We’re here for Him. So what do we do? Live like it! Whatever we do: when we work, when we play, when we create, when we marry…when we die… We can do it all for the glory of our God.
Angels and demons
James 2:19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
You believe in God. Good. But is that enough? Even the demons believe in God. They believe in His existence, because they know without a doubt that He exists. But do they surrender to Him? Do they get to live in His presence?
How about you? Do you just believe in God or do you surrender to Him? It’s not enough to believe in the existence of God, as we see by the fact that even His enemies believe. Belief that there is a God falls far short of the gospel. In order to live in the presence of God, we have to put our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. This is where the demons fail. They believe there is a God, but they don’t trust in His Son for salvation. They try to be gods themselves.
Trying to work our way into heaven instead of taking on the righteousness of Christ is trying to be God. It’s trying to put ourselves in His place. If we do this, we’re no better off than the demons, who believe in God but shudder at the very thought of Him. What separates angels and demons? Not belief, but faith.
Angels and demons
2 Peter 2:4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;
How could a perfect God who is incapable of evil create demons? Why would He even do such a thing? The fact of the matter is some angels, the heavenly beings God created to carry out His plan, were rebellious and would rather gain power than serve the One who created them. Because God is just, those angels were cast away from His presence, and we now refer to them as demons.
But before we bid them good riddance, let’s take note of what their sin really was. The rebellious angels wanted to be like God, as did their leader Lucifer. Their arrogance cost them. But what did the first humans choose in the Garden of Eden? Rather than obeying God, they wanted to be like Him by knowing good and evil. They chose the same sin as the demons. And so do we.
Every time we choose our own preferences and comforts over what God wants, we’re choosing to be in the place of God. Aren’t we? Think about how many sins start with pride as their root cause and then boil down what pride really is. Pride in our hearts is the desire to be like God rather than submitting to Him. If God didn’t spare angels for doing such a thing, what makes us think we deserve exemption from His judgment? Thank God for His grace!