The Westminster Catechism asks “What is the chief end of man?”
The answer is “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.”
It’s a well known question and answer. But it got me thinking this morning. What does it mean to glorify God? I think the general idea is often a whole lot of striving to do and be perfect. And while sanctification is important, I think there is something missing. We are God’s workmanship. He delights in us, because He made us. But think about something you may have made. Say, a painting, for this analogy. Do you love looking at it because you made it? Of course! But how much better is it when someone looks at it and they like it too?
I think that God delights also in the delight that we can bring others. I’m not saying we should be people pleasers, however, I do think that while we’re continuing on the journey of becoming more and more like Christ, we need to be mindful of the people along the way. Not because loving them is our duty, but because it brings delight to our Father when other people can delight in us.