God gets maximum glory from his people, not when we work for him out of begrudging duty, but when we run to him out of sheer delight.
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. Yes and amen. But wouldn’t God also be glorified in us if we were just minions, his slavish laborers? It’s a question from a listener named Gage. “Pastor John, hello! I just finished reading the first chapter of your book Desiring God. After the introduction, I was fired up to read more about Christian Hedonism and already felt as if I could call your book a paradigm-shifting one for me. My confusion hit when I began reading about the happiness of God. As you described the chief end of God, I didn’t find myself in disbelief. If God’s chief end is to glorify himself, that is absolutely believable. Where I am awestruck is the fact that his glorification is his chief end, and yet he still doesn’t require us to live by works to satisfy him! But my question is this: Why is it that God — his chief end being to glorify himself — doesn’t require us to slave away in works? Couldn’t he be just as glorified in us if we were tireless slaves for him?”