“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36, KJV 1900)
The Westminster Shorter Catechism was completed by the Westminster Assembly in 1647. The purpose of this document was to establish doctrinal standards for many Presbyterian churches. It was set up in a question and answer format. The very first question is, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer is, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”
In Romans 11:33-16, Paul concludes his major treatise on the doctrine of salvation with a wonderful doxology, an expression of giving glory to God. Why has God worked throughout all human history to rescue man from sin? Well, there are many reasons. Yet I believe the major one is that He saves the vilest of creatures for His glory. Our salvation began in Him, was worked through Him and is for His glory. We whom He has saved will stand as a display of God’s glory for all eternity. God alone is worthy of glory.
Spend some time in considering the wonder of your salvation. There was nothing in us that merited God’s salvation. We had directly sinned against God our entire lives. We could not earn our salvation. Paul has just finished telling us of the infinite magnificence of God’s redemptive plan for all who believe. He has brought us into this great plan by His grace alone. Therefore, give glory to God. In all you do, bring glory and honor to Him. And rejoice and enjoy your relationship with him forever.