The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. ~Westminster Shorter Catechism of Faith
Rereading this simple sentence, I finally realized I needed re-think forever. For some reason I’d decided that, at least in this case, forever began after I died. I would enjoy God when I got to heaven where I would live forever.
Of course forever really means: for a limitless time; or at all times, continually.
That seemed to include now, not just then.
This presented a whole new problem for me. Given my Berean background, I did a supporting scripture search, and concluded that the Westminster Catechism was a reasonable application of Biblical truth.
I was lost once again.
Everything I thought of seemed to fall under the glorifying, not the enjoying, category.
I made a mental list of things I enjoy – it was vast, but God wasn’t on it.
Then I filled in this sentence with everything I could sincerely say:
I knew the answer before the test, but conspicuously absent in that blank was the word I wanted to see.There was love and worship and need and thank; the word enjoy just wasn’t in the mix.
Not only did I not think of God in terms of enjoying Him, it felt awkward. I enjoyed my family and my friends. I enjoyed a great cup of coffee and watching the sun drop into the ocean. I could enthusiastically say I enjoyed pizza, Rachmaninoff and a great book
But not God.
It felt odd, minimizing even. I thought it made God sound trite. I enjoyed His blessing, His people, His Word, His creation and I was grateful. Wasn’t that enough?
I enjoyed so much from Him. But not Him.
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
If you made a list today of things you enjoy, would God make the cut?
Would you fill in the sentence with I ENJOY God!
I couldn’t. I knew there was still more…