1 Corinthians 10:1-11:1, Psalm 63


“The chief end of humanity is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” This summary statement about the meaning of life finds great justification in 1 Corinthians 10:31. We are told that “whatever we do” we are to do that for “the glory of God.” If you haven't heard in our church that this is why you exist, to make your every breath about honoring end enjoying your creator, then let me remedy that today. Our work, our relationships, our interactions, shoe-tying, and cooking are all to be done with an eye towards celebrating the King of the universe. Thankfully, the inclusion of the first verse from 1 Corinthians 11 in our reading connects this essential teaching about glorifying God in all things with Paul's command to “follow my example, as I follow the example of the Christ”. Now it is interesting enough to consider that Paul was bold enough, but not proud, to call people to imitate him. Certainly the command to imitate Paul is necessarily grounded in Paul's willing imitation of Jesus. So though Paul commands imitation, it is precisely in imitating Christ than anyone is ever able to say what Paul said. Now, the point I wanted to make is that in imitating Christ, Paul would absolutely be doing all things for the Glory of God, albeit imperfectly. Jesus honored the Father in everything. Thus the imitation of Christ means we are following the way of Jesus in making life about God the Father. Our obedience to the Way of Christ would indicate a worthiness to be imitated, not based on our perfection, but founded on an orientation that seeks the both delight of God and adoration for God. May we live out our purpose in life, and become those that can honorably say, “Imitate me, as I imitate Christ.”