What is the Chief end of man?
The Chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
That is the original question 1 and it’s answer which begins the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Unfortunately my 10 year olds kept getting hung up on “chief” as a name of the main guy in charge of a tribe of Native Americans. Or else they talked about the guy in charge at the fire department.
So what is meant? Main purpose. What is the main purpose/design of man? Man’s main purpose is to glorify God and Enjoy Him Forever.
But let us make this personal.
What were created for?
was created to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.
That is a question and answer my students immediately understood. It gave us common ground to talk about what it meant to glorify God and Enjoy Him – instead of discussing at length why “chief” didn’t mean the Indian in charge and “end” didn’t mean the death of men, or why it says men instead of people.
Now my Students are thinking about what they were created for, and that is the point of the catechism – to teach doctrine, not to create rabbit trails.
Now for some follow up questions:
I was created to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31, Romans 11:36) and to enjoy him forever (Psalms 73:25-28, John 17:21-23)
- What is meant by “glorify God”
- How can we best glorify God? (1 Pet. 2:12, Phil. 1:11, John 15:8)
- “What is meant by “enjoy him forever”?