According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, what is the chief end of man? “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
Everything we do is to be for the glory of God. Creation declares the glory of God. Psalms 19 begins, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” It ends with, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Everything we do is to be done for the glory of God. Our worship is for the glory of God. Our evangelism is for the glory of God. Our fellowship is for the glory of God. Our ministries are for the glory of God. Whether we eat or drink or worship or evangelize or fellowship or pray, we should do it all for the glory of God.
Everything we do as the church or as individual Christians should be done to the glory of God. If we see that someone has dropped a bulletin on the floor, those of us who are physically able should pick it up, recognizing that how we present our church facilities is to the glory of God. Our church toilets should be cleaned not just as a matter of sanitation but for the glory of God.
I read a sermon by Kevin Higgins in which he said, “I heard about a church that needed a new sink one time, and it so happened that one of the members was putting a new sink in his house. He looked at the old sink and said that it was still good enough for the church, so he donated it. Listen, that’s a reflection of what we think about God. He doesn’t want our leftovers – He’s not deserving of our seconds. God is the God of glory and majesty and beauty and honor and excellence, and everything we do, everything we say, every way we treat other people should reflect our recognition of that fact!”
Too many churches have too many people satisfied with mediocrity and leftovers for the church. We must be better than that. When it comes to God’s glory, we have no business being mediocre. As the hymn says, “Do then the best you can, not for reward, not for the praise of man but for the Lord.”