Discipline · Scripture · Theology

What is the Chief End of Man?

Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever.

(The Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 1).


To Glorify God

For from him and through him and to him are all things. – Romans 11:36

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1

for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:20

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31


And Enjoy Him Forever

Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4

Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart. – Psalm 32:11

Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. – Psalm 33:1

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For You will judge the peoples with uprightness and guide the nations on the earth. – Psalm 67:4

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. – Psalm 100:1–2

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! – Philippians 4:4



Duty and delight are complimentary. When they are separated, if there is any fruit, it will be a weaker, spotted fruit. The kind that lay on the ground and may or may not bring illness if consumed.

What is most sweet and ripe and delightful to behold is duty pursued with delight. You ought to obey what God instructs, because it is your duty, and because you were designed to delight in his instruction. When you lack either of those, it is due to a spiritual sickness that is most atrocious and whos remedy we ought pursue with immediate concern.

If you are joylessly obeying, you’re missing a crucial part of the equation. If you are delightfully disobeying, you too are missing a crucial part of the equation.

What hope is there then, since we are all guilty of these two offenses? God alone can bring harmony here.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. – Ezekiel 36:26-27

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