What’s your chief pleasure? I have a friend who often states that his greatest desire is to be pleasing to God the Father. In doing so, he glorifies God.
As with most of us, his desire dictates what he spends his time doing. He teaches at a Bible college and at his church to help other people find pleasure in pleasing God. Unquestionably, his actions provide evidence of his verbal claim. The words of Psalm 40:8 describe him perfectly: “I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” His inward delight translates to an outward enthusiasm for the Lord’s work that is highly contagious.
Of equal importance, he lives his life according to Biblical principles, which he has avidly studied. Otherwise, he would only be presuming what is or isn’t pleasing to God. Over the years, he’s learned to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit for direction. He knows, as did Jesus, that the Father is always present and enables him to do those things that are pleasing to Him (see John 8:29 above).
My friend isn’t some special breed of Christian that we can only aspire to be in our dreams. He’s the Christian you and I can become when our pleasure is to “glorify God and to delight in Him forever” ― the answer to question one of the Westminster Catechism: “What is man’s chief end?”
Father, may we achieve humanity's chief end. May we glorify you and delight in you forever. Amen.
Go Deeper — Take time this week to read the Scripture passages found in Question one of the Westminster Catechism.
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