Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
I long saw God as a thing to be endured, not a Person (actually, Persons) to be enjoyed. In my youth, religious instruction was exactly that: instruction. Step 1, pray this prayer. Step 2, act this way. This is in no way meant to be a criticism of those who were influential on my life in this time period. The Gospel along is offensive enough; I’m not trying to offend as well. But the story of Scripture didn’t leap off the page, didn’t grab me and take me for the ride of my life, until much later. Think about it. Savor this truth, let it melt on your tongue like a delicious piece of fat from your favorite cut of meat…
We are to glorify God, in worship, with love, through service, flowing from a heart of gratitude because He is, indeed, the Gracious One who redeems His people.
And this – all of this, the wondrous story and our special place in it – is to be savored, a font of laughter, altogether thoroughly enjoyable.
Just let that sink in.