No sooner had I posted the entry What is the chief end of Man? when I encountered the following diary entry from Jonathan Edwards in the book The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards by Steven J. Lawson.
I do believe the Holy Spirit is teaching me about glorifying God this week …
Saturday, Jan. 12, 1723
I pray God, for the sake of Christ, to look upon it (Edward’s 70 resolutions) as a self-dedication, and to receive me now as entirely His own, and to deal with me, in all respects, as such, whether He afflicts me or prospers me, or whatever He pleases to do with me, who am His. Now, henceforth, I am not to act, in any respect, as my own. – I shall act as my own, if I ever make use of any of my powers to any thing that is not to the glory of God, and do not make the glorifying of Him my whole and entire business: – if I murmur in the least at affliction; if I grieve at the prosperity of others; if I am in any way uncharitable; if I am angry because of injuries; if I revenge them; if I do any thing purely to please myself, or if I avoid any thing for the sake of my own ease; if I omit any thing because it is a great self-denial; if I trust to myself; if I take any of the praise of the good that I do, or that God doth by me; or if I am in way proud.
There is so far a distance to travel in my journey to arrive at making the glorifying of God my whole and entire business … Lord, have your way and your will IN my life for Your glory!
(No, I haven’t forgotten I still owe you the second part of the answer to ‘What is the chief end of man?’ question … coming soon … Lord willing … according to His timing.)