For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Created For The Glory Of God
The night sky is a brilliant canvas of God’s glory. Filling the expanse of darkness the stars illuminate in a million ways how magnificent the Creator has shown Himself to man. In every corner of the earth God’s glory is found in the oceans teaming with life and the continents abound with incredible scenes of grandeur. The mountains rise high with awe inspiring glory. Everywhere man turns the finger of God has set forth a design of the nature of a Creator who implores man to see His infinite character. These elements of praise remain unchanged. The stars we look at today man looked upon a thousand years ago. The moon is as old as the fourth day of creation as well as the sun and stars. Animals fill the earth serving the Creator under a law of necessity. Creation is established within boundaries that remain unchanged with the exception of the last gift of God: man.
Everything created in six days gives glory to God and has done so since the beginning of time. Remaining unchanged the natural creation of the Lord testifies to the limitless glory of a Creator that desires honor and praise. Man is the only creation that has changed the glory of God to an image of corruption. The tragedy of sin is that it is counter to why man was created. Adam and Eve were the highest of creation because they were made in the image of God. They were given free will to show the glory of God in their lives. Sin changed that. Taking the forbidden fruit they became afraid and hid from God. As the Lord walked in the garden He called to Adam, “Where are you?” The manifestation of God’s glory in man was now marred by rebellion.
We were created to show forth the glory of God. The heavens testify to His glory and remain unchanged. When we sin we fail to show forth the glory of God. All men sin and fall short of being what we were created to be. Animals have no choice. Man has a choice because he is created in the image of God to glorify the eternal image. The flood in the days of Noah was a horrible thing for man but also for the Lord. He created man to glorify Him but now He was destroying everything with life save eight because they refused to give Him the glory due His nature. Moses said the Lord was sorry He had made man and He was grieved in His heart. Why? Man was such a powerful image of the glory of God and yet man had turned that glory to wickedness.
The age old question is answered in the word of God: Why am I here? We are created to show forth the glory of God (Isaiah 43:7). Unlike the stars above or the animals below man is the eternal creation formed to show forth the glory of God. The stars will be destroyed and this world will be burned up but man lives on in eternity. Sin happens when we allow the purpose of man’s creation to be used for carnal pleasures instead of the glorification of the Creator. To overcome sin we must be diligent to serve God to His glory. Live today for the glory of God. Think of His glory, meditate on the word of God to abide in the glory of God, let your light shine today for the glory of the one who gave His only begotten Son to die for sinful man. In Christ we give glory to God.
Sin is the infidelity of man to the image of what he ought to be in his eternal vocation as an adopted son of God. (Fulton J. Sheen, Three to Get Married, 1951)