I’ve been thinking about these beautiful words from The Valley of Vision over the past week. It’s titled Man’s Great End. Here’s just a little of the passage:
Lord of all being,
There is one thing that deserves my greatest care, that calls forth my ardent desires,
That is, that I may answer the great end for which I am made– to glorify thee who hast given me being, and to do all the good I can for my fellow man; Verily, life is not worth having if it be not improved for this noble purpose.
Yet, Lord, how little is this the thought of mankind! Most men seem to live for themselves, without much or any regard for thy glory, or for the good of others;
They earnestly desire and eagerly pursue the riches, honours, pleasures of this life, as if they supposed that wealth, greatness, merriment, could make their immortal souls happy;
But, alas, what false delusive dreams are these! (pg. 13 Valley of Vision)
Our world is so caught up in the temporal and what makes us feel good. I fall into the trap, too. I fix my eyes on the things that don’t have eternal value.
The words above are so beautiful in their language and in the simplicity of the message. It’s not complicated. Our purpose, and a noble one at that, is to glorify God and do good for others.
I’ve been reading this over and over because I want it to sink in, set in my heart and take root. What if those two requirements were the standard by which I measure all the things in my life? How I see others. How I interact with friends and coworkers. How I serve my family. How I love my husband. How I spend my time. What I fill my mind with.
Man’s Great End is not his net worth. It’s not how many friends he has. It’s not how well traveled he is. It’s not how he has the best of everything. It’s not how important he is seen in the eyes of his peers. It’s how others see Christ through Him.
This is the truth that is smacking me right between the eyes. My Great End has nothing to do with me! When I let that simple, yet profound realization settle within me, I have no choice but to admit how I fall so desperately short. Am I living my life truly as God has called me to live it?
I won’t be discouraged! Instead I am encouraged because His Word says in Philippians 2:13, It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Lord, with your strength, may I live a life characterized by those two actions, glorifying God and doing good for others.
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