This is a question I’ve asked myself for years and I imagine
one that plagues the minds of many. In the past I would have answered it with
something like “to help people” or “to tell people about Jesus” or perhaps a
more vague “to serve God”. Those are great aims in life, don’t get me wrong.
But I don’t think they’re quite there. As a church worker, I’ve tried to do
those things. I’ve worked very hard at helping people. I’ve told lots of people
about Jesus. I’ve tried to serve God through giving talks, writing studies,
organising events, hosting parties, driving people round, baking cakes, brewing
tea, mopping floors and being a shoulder to cry on. But somewhere in the midst
of all that, I forgot that my primary purpose in life is to glorify God, and
that starts with simply knowing Him (John 17:3).