There is a famous (and very old) teaching curriculum that all my Presbyterian buddies studied when they were kids. It’s set up in a short question/short answer format and my friends had to memorize the answers to all the questions before they could be confirmed as members of their congregation.
I love the first question and answer:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Enjoy him forever! Can you imagine?
Enjoying God is one of the great privileges that come with being a Christ-follower, you know. Sadly, many people—as time goes on—lose the excitement they experienced at the beginning of their relationship with the Father.
Are you enjoying God as much as you’d like to?
If not, or if you’re not sure, here’s a 6-point check-up to help you get started (near the bottom of this page is a cool Enjoying God Check-Up Tool to help you scope out where you are on each question)…
Am I spending daily time alone in conversation and fellowship with God?
Through daily Bible reading and prayer I am talking to God and listening to him.
Am I using the Bible for my own encouragement & guidance?
Through reading and meditating on the scriptures, I am increasingly able to feed myself from God’s Word.
Is daily prayer a lifestyle for me?
I have a growing ability and consistency in taking needs—both mine and others’—to God in prayer.
Do I regularly hear God?
I’m consistently in position to hear God’s “voice.” Recognizing him when he speaks. Knowing the difference between his voice and others’.
Am I growing in intimacy with the Father?
I have the kind of personal relationship with God that allows me to open every aspect of my life to him without shame, inviting him to examine my motives, decisions, priorities and relationships, and to equip me in these areas.
Am I practicing the presence of God in all situations?
I am more and more conscious throughout my day that God is there with me.
Here’s the Enjoying God Check-Up Tool I mentioned. Just click on the button and you’re on your way!
What do you think?
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