What Are We Doing Here?

November 3, 2011 — 17 Comments

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  I Corinthians 10:31

I’m always blown away by the conversations that emerge from my weekly MEAT (Men Eating And Talking) Meeting.  And last night was no different.  The conversation at the table in the diner went deep quickly.  Without going into all the detail, the conversation eventually centered on the chief purpose of man.  What are we here for?  Why do we exist?  How does God fit into this?  How about Jesus?  Are we doing what we’re supposed to be doing?  These are all fairly deep questions.

As we talked, I was reminded of the verse above and something I’ve heard my dad tell several times before.  I wish I could find the reference, but the general gist is that whether we lead a big company, preach at a church, pick up trash, or clean bathrooms, we should do everything for the glory of God.

Stop and think about that for a minute.

The first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism applies to this conversation:

Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy him for ever. [b]

[a]. Ps. 86:9; Isa. 60:21; Rom. 11:36; I Cor. 6:20; 10:31; Rev. 4:11
[b]. Ps. 16:5-11; 144:15; Isa. 12:2; Luke 2:10; Phil. 4:4; Rev. 21:3-4

And so, MEAT once again left me with plenty to chew on.  I’m looking forward to next week, when the conversation will continue.

What are you facing in the day ahead?  How are you framing your activities for the day?  How would things change if you really did everything for God’s glory?

Jon Stolpe


Christ-follower, husband, dad, engineer, manager, runner, blogger, sax player, group life fan, freelance writer, and the list goes on...
  • http://billgrandi.com bill (cycleguy)

    After three really hectic & busy days, I am facing a possible slow day. That COULD change at the drop of a hat! :) To be honest, I hope not much would change. Check out Colossians 3:17.

    • jonstolpe

      “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

      Thanks, Bill! Hope it’s a great day for you!

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com LarryTheDeuce

    Jon, I try to think this thought everyday before I get cranking. After I fail, I do it again.

    • jonstolpe

      Me too, Larry. I just wish I was more consistent in remembering and acting on this.

  • http://www.leahadams.org Leah Adams

    Great question! As I prepare to go to a job that i don’t particularly enjoy, I am reminded to do that job for God’s glory. As I prepare to speak twice at a ladies event in South Carolina on Saturday, I am reminded to speak for God’s glory and not my own. We can glorify God in our small actions as well as in the larger ones.

    • jonstolpe

      I agree, Leah! Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://arnyslight.wordpress.com Arny Sanchez

    Im gonna be leading worship again after over a year of being off stage…scary! my band and I have been recording for about a year now and just taking it slow…

    But come saturday…that changes…lol…

    Thanks Jon…

    • jonstolpe

      Arny, I wish I could be there to see you and share in the worship experience with you. Hope it goes well!

  • Janet Lomicka

    Great post, Jon!

    • jonstolpe

      Thanks, Mom!

  • Tara Watson

    Jon, I really appreciate the reminder of this verse. When I worked at THP, although I was a “manager” I had some less than glamorous jobs- dealing with toilet overflows, removing dead mice, whatever it took to get the job done. But I always had this verse on my heart thanks to one of my co-workers that reminded me that all work is God’s work. Have a great day!

    • jonstolpe

      You too, Tara! Thanks for stopping by.

  • http://beckfarfromhome.blogspot.com/ Beck

    I think living for God’s glory is so liberating. At times we fight it and end up in a tangled mess. But to have the freedom to live pleasing him and no one else is refreshing. No if I can just remember that today…

    • jonstolpe

      Thanks for the comment, Beck. Hope things are settling in down South for you and your family.

  • tim


    There is great book. Tender Warrior: God’s Intention for a Man Stu Weber. Great post! BTW!

    • jonstolpe

      I’ve read it, and you’re right, it’s a great book! Thanks for sharing.

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