When a group of people are shaped by the gospel, living in community, and engaged in God’s mission, the result will be that God receives glory. Peter made that clear: “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious {gospel}, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house {community}, to be a holy priesthood {mission}, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ {God’s glory}” (1 Peter 2:4-5). So we do everything for God’s glory.

Glorifying God isn’t a duty to fulfill, or another chore to check off a list. It’s what will give us the most joy and fulfillment. As John Piper has said, “The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. … The longing to be happy is a universal human experience, and it is good, not sinful. We should never try to deny or resist our longing to be happy, as though it were a bad impulse. Instead, we should seek to intensify this longing and nourish it with whatever will provide the deepest and most enduring satisfaction. The deepest and most enduring happiness is found only in God. Not from God, but in God. To the extent that we try to abandon the pursuit of our own pleasure, we fail to honor God and love people.”