Catechism: Remembering Purpose

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Q1. What is man’s primary purpose?

Man’s primary purpose is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

For my son and me, this will be our second go-around with the Shorter Catechism. We could have very well just gone back to the beginning of Training Hearts Teaching Minds–and we’ll probably do just that next time, after JB is a little older–but this time I’m pulling out The Westminster Shorter Catechism for Study Classes by G.I. Williamson for challenge and variety. We’re also going to challenge each other to memorize a proof verse a week. This week would be 1 Corinthians 10:31.

It struck me, listening to Pastor Paul’s past Sunday sermon, how constantly we forget this simple but profound truth: we were created to reflect and enjoy God’s glory. We go about our lives, struggling, striving, making goals, aching over decisions, chasing dreams without much consideration for our primary purpose. Philosophers, poets, and scientists have wrestled since time immemorial as to the meaning of life and, yet, here we have it: glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.

This month, in Children’s Chapel, we’re tackling the reading of the Word. The Word is a tool granted against our forgetting. It exhorts us to come back to it, to keep it ever-present in mind and heart, so that we are always adjusting our orientation to God and our true selves.

Some of you might have been wondering why your children had tiny Solo cups tied to their heads. After reading Deuteronomy 11, we watched a Youtube clip about the making of tefillin, leather boxes packed with Scripture tied to one’s arms or head to literally comply with the Torah’s injunction to have the Word on one’s head and hand. We made our own poor imitations of tefillin to get a sense of how important it was for the Chosen People to have their scripture integrated into their lives.

As Christians we don’t tie tefillin to our bodies, but you might want to introduce memorizing Bible verses to your family. Regularly practicing and reciting verses can become a daily ritual that grounds the spiritual priorities of your family. You can join Biggie and I in learning some basic proof texts week to week, or you can start with this month’s Bible verse for Children’s Chapel:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

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