From Beveridge to Brevick, to you, I pray you are blessed!

Westminster Shorter Catechism Question #1

“The Older I grow – and I now stand upon the brink of eternity – the more comes back to me the first sentence in the Catechism which I learned as a child, and the fuller and deeper its meaning becomes: What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

William Beveridge (1904)

My own faith in Christ started when I was about 20 years old.  I don’t remember when I first found this question of the catechism, but I remember a girl asking me at a party, when I was about 22 years old, “Arnie, what is your goal in life?” I answered immediately, “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”  She said, “no, that is a cop out, I want to know your real goal or goals?”  I said, “that is my real goal.”  “It is not only my goal, but also my daily desire.”

I remember convincing this young lady, I really wanted to “glorify God!”  Now, desiring and doing are two different things.  I know I have failed on the way.  But as I write this many years later, now a pastor, I can say this is still my goal and my exciting HIGH CALLING! I will not change.  I trust God will forgive my failings-1 John 1:9. I pray He enables and inspires my efforts-Philippians 2:13. I can tell all you who are reading this; nothing is more exciting!  I have had many trials, but I have never been bored, not since making God and His glory my calling.

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)

Pastor Arnold Brevick (website author)

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