"The Blessed Hope Catechism": A Practice of Devotion w/ Erik Reynolds (Q1)
Question 1: What is your supreme satisfaction in this age and the age to come?
Answer: To know and be known by God now and forevermore in the new heaven and new earth.
You might’ve woken up on the right side of the bed today, but let’s face it, most of us struggle. We struggle to get up and get started knowing that a long day is ahead of us filled with problems we don’t want to deal with. This approach to life neglects the hope we have in Christ.
What does it mean to be truly satisfied? It means that we can be content in all things as Paul demonstrates for us in Philippians 4:12, “I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need”.
We can be happy with no material possessions or many. We can be happy when locked away in jail or in the benignity of everyday life as much as we can remain happy in the midst of many of life’s excitements. Ultimately, no matter our circumstances we look upon the cross of Jesus Christ and behold him as our greatest treasure.
To follow Christ is to acknowledge that we belong to him. He has purchased us with his blood, robbing death of its sting, and extolling God’s glory in a magnificent way. We are known by God according to his will, for his glory, and for his pleasure. That pleasure is most realized when we find our joy and greatest satisfaction in him who knows us as his sons and daughters, having purchased us to enjoy him now and forevermore in the new heaven and new earth. Amen.