Ultimate Pleasure Is Glorifying God (written version)


It was an epiphany that just kind of came to me recently, but my ultimate pleasure in life is glorifying God. When I’m reading scripture, when I’m praying, and when I’m continuing to obey God more with each thought and action that I know pleases Him, I’m happy and at peace. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in my life now or what will happen in my life in the future. Even if God has set my life for difficulty of the likes of Apostle Paul being beaten and jailed, or tragedy of the likes of Stephen being stoned to death, I believe and trust God, and I just want His will to be fulfilled. When I fulfill that will in whatever way it’s supposed to be done through my obedience to the Word, and when I continually encourage others to obey God’s Word more, I’m good. And really, I think this can be true for all of us. When you dedicate yourself completely to God and His Word daily and as consistently as possible in everything you think and do, that is the ultimate pleasure. An ultimate pleasure beyond any desire you could ever receive in your life.

Peace to you all in Christ.


14 thoughts on “Ultimate Pleasure Is Glorifying God (written version)

  1. Yes as it should be the Westminster Confession and Baptist Confessions have always noted ” What is the chief end of man?
    A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. (1 Cor. 10:31; Psalm 73:25-26). Our job now as believers is to pray that the epiphany, as you put it, comes to those in less turbulent manner than Paul or Steven. We all need to be about the Great Commission.

    Merry Christmas and may God bless you and yours with a most joyous and prosperous New Year.

    • Hi directorfsm. Thanks for your comment. Indeed, that is man’s chief end. With regards to the great commission, what’s your view on the idea that the commission was directed by Jesus to the Apostles and it’s already been fulfilled in the manner in which God desired based on Colossians 1:23 which states, “if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.”? Not asking in suggestion that sharing the Gospel is no longer necessary, but that what we refer to as the great commission is in reference to something of a particular time period.

      Peace in Christ

  2. The GC is an ongoing proclamation for all saints to continue the work started by the Apostles. I see no “end” in the bible to the work of the Great Commission which in the Greek is one command only “make disciples”. In fact far from it we are encouraged throughout the NT to share our faith and do exactly that make disciples by as you noted sharing the Gospel. It is the dedicated followers of Christ (disciples) that He uses to spread the Gospel message.

    Another interesting way to look at this that was once pointed out to me is to look at the Lord’s Prayer or Model Prayer; Matthew 6:9-10 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. ” So making disciples is a way of carrying out the Fathers will on earth as it is in heaven, we are answering the prayer by doing His will.

    It is through this manner, making disciples, that the Good News of Christ, the Gospel message is spread throughout the world. One of our ministries uses 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 as our theme verse. I chose it because it describes the nature of true discipleship: “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” It is one thing to share your testimony, a bible verse, to say God Bless or Merry Christmas and quite another to invest time and energy into making disciples.

    • Yes, I think as 2 Timothy 2:2 instructs, it’s the duty of the Christian to continue to pass down the teachings of Christ to faithful men who will teach others. Colossians 1:23 was a minor point of curiosity to me of your thoughts, but I don’t see it as a major thing to elevate too high in discussion. Our understanding is essentially in the same direction.

      Peace in Christ

  3. The argument could and has been made that in 2 timothy 2 Paul is speaking directly to his protege Timothy so it is the chain of the Apostles. I dismiss that argument as Timothy was in fact a fine example of a disciple of Paul. In Colossians 1:23 Paul’s key phrasing there is “… and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven;” Who is preaching except those that have been made disciples?

    In HIS Service

    • Yeah, I’m not sure I buy that argument either since I think that perhaps would have been more explicitly stated. As far as your question, I guess my curiosity is just the fact that it says “was preached”, a past particle meaning something has already been done, that makes me question that question you’re asking.

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