The Westminster Shorter Catechism question 1 asks, “What is the chief end of man?” It’s a powerful question demanding a power answer. Why do we exist? What are we primarily here to do? The answer to this question will determine the life we live today. Are we here for our own pleasure? Are we here to make ourselves famous or attain wealth? The best place to start is with the One who made us and gave us intentionality—God. And according to Scripture, He made us for this chief end: To glorify Him (Ps. 86; Is. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; 1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11) and enjoy Him forever (Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Is. 12:2; Lk. 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4).
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.