God has given us some very clear instructions in His Word as to how we are to  live for Him. These include the command to love one another (John 13:34-35), the call  to follow Him at the cost of denying our own desires (Matthew 16:24), the  exhortation to care for the poor and needy (James 1:27),  and the warning to not fall into sinful behaviors like those who don’t know God  (1  Thessalonians 5:6-8). Jesus summed up a life lived for God when a teacher of  the law asked Him the most important of commandments. Jesus replied, “Hear, O  Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your  heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment  greater than these” (Mark  12:29-31).

Jesus’ prayer prior to His crucifixion also sheds light  on our purpose. Referring to believers, He prayed, “I have given them the glory  you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May  they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and  have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I want those you have given  me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me  because you loved me before the creation of the world. Righteous Father, though  the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I  have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that  the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” (John 17:22-26). Jesus’  desire is for relationship with us.

The Westminster Shorter Catechism  says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” A life  lived for God glorifies God. We pursue God with our entire being – heart, soul,  mind, and strength. We abide in Christ (John 15:4, 8) and therefore act like Him  by loving others. In doing that, we bring glory to His name and also enjoy the  relationship for which we were originally created.

Those who wish to  live for God must seek Him in His Word. We must seek the guidance of the Holy  Spirit to apply the Word to our lives. Living for God means giving up ourselves  and desiring God’s will above all else. As we draw nearer to God and come to  know Him more, His desires will more naturally become ours. As we mature, our  desire to obey God’s commands increases as our love for Him increases. As Jesus  said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).