In 1646 at the Westminster Assembly a great confession of faith was established by the Church of England. One of the questions this assembly posed and answered was: What is our purpose for living?
The answer for that question was: THE CHIEF END OF MAN IS TO GLORIFY GOD AND TO ENJOY HIM FOREVER. Can we possibly imagine what it will be like to enjoy what is most enjoyable with unbounded energy and passion forever. We have such a warped concept of what is enjoyable. Our definition of riches is quite different from God’s definition. Jesus said in Luke 16:11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
We have the demented idea that wealth, money, things, and their pursuit will bring us satisfaction and happiness. God makes it clear if your pursuit in life is something as worthless as money, then HE will not give to you the TRUE RICHES of life.
Oh beloved do not settle for the dainties and the delights of this cursed earth. Set your affections on things above and seek to discover, what it will be like to enjoy what is most enjoyable with unbounded energy and passion forever?
How do we glorify God?
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit;
so shall ye be my disciples. (KJV)
If we are to glorify God, we must bear fruit. If we bear fruit,
then we will glorify God.
Galatians 5:22-25 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temper
ance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ's
have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we
live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (KJV)
Bearing fruit is learning to walk in the Spirit and manifesting the very life of Christ, but bearing fruit is also having spiritual children. Bringing others to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, this is our fruit. If we are to glorify God, we must bear fruit.
How do we bear fruit?
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in
me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without
me ye can do nothing. (KJV)
If we are to bear fruit, we must abide in Christ. For without
Christ, we can do nothing. If a person does not abide in Christ,
they cannot bear fruit.
If matters not what they do or how busy they are. That is the
truth of Matthew 7:22-23 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (KJV)
Iniquity is self-will. When a person abides in Christ they do
God's will, but when they simply busy themselves with Christian
activities to give the appearance of Christian service, they do
What does it mean to Abide In Christ?
Dr. Charles Haddon Spurgeon states: "Remember the 'if' that qualifies it: If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,' for a man who is truly in Christ, as the branch is in the vine, and who is feeding upon Christ's words is in continual fellowship with Christ. Beware of trying to be Christians without living daily upon Christ."
Dr. Albert Barnes states: Abide means to "...remain united to me (Christ) by a living faith. Live a life of dependence upon Christ, and obey the doctrines of Christ...and constantly exercise faith in Christ."
Consider also Malachi 3:16 16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. (KJV)
God takes record of those who stop in their busy life and just
think and meditate upon HIS name. He takes note of it and HE
writes in down in a book of remembrance for the purpose of
Mal 3:17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that
day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man
spareth his own son that serveth him. (KJV)
God is going to show compassion upon them that think upon his
name. The names of God reveal to us HIS righteous character. The
character to which we are to seek after.
To abide in Him is to think upon him, to think upon his word, to trust and to rest in his promises. To abide with Christ is to live with Christ continually. We are to make our home with Christ. Home is that place from which when once a man has gone forth He is a wanderer until he has returned. Anytime that I go forth from Christ, I am a wanderer and I can do nothing until I return to him.
If we abide in Christ, we will bring forth fruit.
If we bring forth fruit, we will glorify God.
If we glorify God, we have accomplished his will for our lives.
How Do I Abide In Christ?
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love;even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. (KJV)
If we will obey HIS Word, we will abide in HIM. One of the
biggest problems we have is that we don't want to obey God. We
want to tell God how HE should run our lives.
Jesus said, John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (KJV)
If we love Christ, we will obey him.
If we obey him, we will abide in him.
If we abide in him, we will bring forth fruit.
If we bring forth fruit, we will glorify him.
If we glorify him, we will be accomplishing his will for our lives and we will enjoy him. And we will have the opportunity to enjoy what is most enjoyable with unbounded energy and passion forever.