“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
But to Your name give glory,
Because of Your mercy,
Because of Your truth.”
In order to have the right worldview–the true perspective on life–we need to grasp the ultimate purpose of our Creator. You don’t want to spend your whole life trying to climb the ladder of success only to discover that it was leaning against the wrong building!
Let’s consider the meaning of God’s ultimate purpose.
In this present day when the emphasis in religious circles is on what God has done and can do for man, it is encouraging that an increasing number of people are being awakened to see what God has purposed and desired for Himself. Years ago when we first came into this God-centered viewpoint and began to share it, there seemed to be so very few with an “ear to hear.” Now, in [recent] years, with the wide scale ripening of humanism in most religious circles, there has developed a deep disgust in the heart of thinking believers and unbelievers alike.
Almost every day we are amazed how even men of the world, who have no spiritual insight, voice their disgust for the average evangelical believer who seems bent on using God for his own purpose, welfare and blessing. Something woven deep into the moral nature recognizes this is wrong–selfish and warped.
“For even if there are so-called gods [such as pleasure, possessions, and people] whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:5,6).
So when we use the term “ultimate” it is to show how everything should be adjusted and related to God for His purpose, pleasure and satisfaction. Instead of man living in his own viewpoint where he interprets and relates all things to himself, it is God who lifts man up into HIS ULTIMATE VIEWPOINT where he can appreciate the glory, wisdom and design of a God-centered universe.
King David was a man after God’s own heart. See his appreciation of God’s ultimate importance:
“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O LORD,
And You are exalted as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You,
And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all” (1 Chron. 29:11,12).
There is, of course, always the concern and fear in some that when God becomes central and all things exist for His pleasure and glory it will seem to push poor man into the shadows where there is seemingly no place or concern for him at all. Nothing could be further from the design and purpose of God! It does not imply that to be God-honoring is to be creature-degrading. Those who are still interpreting from their own human viewpoint are sure to accept this insinuation devised by the Enemy himself.
Rather, our Lord Jesus declared: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke14:11).
But those who have truly moved up into the Divine viewpoint have always announced: “Oh God, how glorious, beyond words to express is Your purpose for Yourself and Your desire to include man in all its glory.” When God truly comes into His own place of glory, then men and women also come into the fullest intention of God.
“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).
[Are you ready to realign your life’s purpose with God’s ultimate intention?]
DeVern Fromke, No Other Foundation. Indianapolis: Sure Foundation, 1965. pp. 7,8
Copyright by Sure Foundation. Used with permission.
Introduction, bracketed content and Scripture quotations added- JBW. Biblical quotations are from The New King James Version, Copyright by Thomas Nelson.