Enjoying is defined as taking pleasure in, delighting in, giving and receiving joy, rejoicing, making something acceptable, satisfying and securing favor.
God is the source of all life. He is the living God who richly gives us all things to enjoy. The foundation of enjoying life begins with a connection and relationship with our Creator.
God formed Adam’s body from the dust of the ground, breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and Adam became a living soul. God also created spirit life in Adam, making him in the image and likeness of his Creator. Notice that Adam and later Eve, had soul-life, and spirit-life also. The garden of Eden was a pleasant environment for Adam and Even to enjoy. They had an abundance of everything. Imagine breathing in pure, fresh air; drinking from clear, refreshing streams; and eating a variety of organic food that grew naturally. God designed Adam and Eve to be dependent on him for everything. They partnered with their Creator, and he blessed them and told them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth. Life with God was full of joy. In fact, Eden means pleasure. Enjoyment includes the presence of our heavenly Father.
Adam and Eve had the freedom to eat from every tree of the garden except one. It was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they ate from that tree, God warned, they would surely die. The devil, through his tactics of deceit and slander, seduced Eve into eating from the one tree she and Adam were commanded not to eat. Adam followed after Eve and ate of the tree also. The result was that they died. Adam and Eve lost their spirit-life, and with it, their connection and intimate relationship with their Creator. They still had soul-life and continued to breathe, function, and even have offspring. Their offspring, however, were only born with a body and soul, but no longer had spirit-life.
Each generation continued to be born with the fallen nature of Adam, a life without the spirit of God. They lacked a true and vital connection with their heavenly Father. The Scriptures repeatedly tell us, we were dead. This refers to us being born without the spirit-life.
God so loved the world that he sent his servant and son to reconnect the world back to himself. Jesus Christ, came to restore that spirit-life to humankind and replace the old nature of Adam with a new nature. Humankind now had something better than Adam and Eve. The creation of a new race began with body, soul, and an eternal spirit-life which unconditionally remains. The accomplishments of Jesus Christ enables all men, women, boys, and girls to freely accept the invitation to be born again and to receive the gift of that spirit-life.
Walking by this spirit is walking in the new nature and enjoying the presence of God. In the presence of God is the fullness of joy. As we explore God’s purposeful meaning of us enjoying life, we will reap the benefits of his design, desire, and destiny for our lives.