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What Are We Doing Here?

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?


November 3, 2011 - Posted by | questions, small groups, stretch, thoughts, verses


  1. 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.

    Comment by bill (cycleguy) | November 3, 2011 | Reply

    • “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!

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 3, 2011 | Reply

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

    Comment by LarryTheDeuce | November 3, 2011 | Reply

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

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  3. 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.

    Comment by Leah Adams | November 3, 2011 | Reply

    • I agree, Leah! Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  4. 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…

    Comment by Arny Sanchez | November 3, 2011 | Reply

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

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  5. Great post, Jon!

    Comment by Janet Lomicka | November 3, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks, Mom!

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  6. 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!

    Comment by Tara Watson | November 3, 2011 | Reply

    • You too, Tara! Thanks for stopping by.

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  7. 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…

    Comment by Beck | November 3, 2011 | Reply

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

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

  8. Jon,

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

    Comment by tim | November 3, 2011 | Reply

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

      Comment by jonstolpe | November 6, 2011 | Reply

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