I didn't grow up as a Presbyterian. Nonetheless, from my days as a teenager I recall the opening lines of a Presbyterian catechism. The question is "what is the chief end of man?" The answer is "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." Those last words grab by attention. .."enjoy Him forever." I have been taught and have taught others to obey the Lord to be dedicated to Him, to serve Him wholeheartedly. But seldom has there been a great deal of emphasis on enjoying Him forever. I think I have lived a relatively normal life. I haven't been cloistered away in a ministerial community. I've lived, worked played and gone to church like most folks. Why is it there seems so little focus on enjoying Him forever? Perhaps it is because our tendency is to think happiness and joy will come later…when my children are grown…when I get my next promotion…when I get to be 50 years old…when I retire, etc…Somehow we are convinced that joy will come later.
Go back to that old catechism. It speaks of enjoying Him forever. That includes today. Now.
That old catechism reflects the desire of the heart of God for His children today.
I've got some catching up to do. How about you?