“What is the chief end of man?” To phrase this question another way, we could ask “what is the purpose of mankind?” Why are we here? This is a question that has been asked since the days of old. We, as humans, are constantly in search of our purpose for living and for being.
But, I can come to you today and answer this question for you. You might be familiar with this question because it is the first question in the Westminster Catechism (a teaching that outlines our beliefs). The very first point that is considered is our purpose. So without cheating, what is the answer? Is it the Great Commission? Is it to love your neighbor as yourself? Is it to clothe the naked, feed the poor, fight for social justice? While all of these answers are great, they don’t get to the heart of the matter. My friends, the chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
I oftentimes wonder if we as believers really understand this. We are so task driven and focused on accomplishing the mission of Christ that we sometimes forget that praise and thanksgiving are imperative for living a life of faith. This is why I chose the theme of Rejoice for our Annual Business and Prayer Gathering on September 27th.
God has and continues to do such great things in the lives of His people, and I’d encourage you to read my report and the other ministry reports to see all that God has done. I had to ask a question of myself and our church—do we stop to give thanks and rejoice in what God has done, or do we simply look for what’s next? Pressing on is important, but as we see all throughout Scripture, pressing on without pausing for praise and thanksgiving costs us the blessings from achieving our chief end.
I chose to open my report to the congregation with Psalm 95:1-2, which is a call to worship. I believe that call still echoes strongly for us. Let’s praise God together for what He has done and seek Him together for the things that He longs to do next. So, would you join me in praying for:
· Home Groups—that God would grow His church through these groups by fostering healthy relationships and an increasing love for God and each other.
· Financial Peace University—we can see that our culture struggles to handle finances in a Godly manner. Pray that God would release people from the sin of materialism and truly honor God with great stewardship of their personal finances.
· A Heart of Praise and Thanksgiving among God’s People—we acknowledge that all that has taken place in our midst has nothing to do with us—we need to give God praise!
· Your Leaders—we covet your prayers for God’s wisdom and direction and your support as we seek to serve you.
Pastor Adam K. Sellen