Dear friends,

Sometimes you’re asked the question: What are you doing here? Depending on the situation and the tone of voice of the one who is asking, that can be a welcome question or a source of anxiety.

What are you doing here? That is, what are you doing here on this planet? What is your purpose? Grand Canyon University, where I teach part-time, has billboards and commercials that say, "Find Your Purpose." Sadly, there are many people who don’t know what their purpose is, or they will even declare that there is no purpose, period. In that case, life is just random, with one thing following another in no particular order. Life has no purpose, no meaning for so many of our neighbors.

Our church’s name, Westminster, hearkens back to the seventeenth century, when a large group of Christian thinkers, meeting in Westminster in England, hammered out a confession of faith and several other documents that continue to have a worldwide influence. Among them are two catechisms. A catechism consists of a set of questions and answers. It is a good tool to impart the basics of the Christian faith to children and adults alike.

Thus, the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which is written with young people in mind, asks in its very first question, "What is the chief end of man?" The word end here means goal or purpose. In other words, What are you doing here? The answer given is this: "Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever."

When you take a moment to ponder these words, it is an astounding statement. It’s saying that God can be appreciated and seen more fully through my life! God is glorified, seen more clearly, through a human life well-lived. And then there is the amazing prospect of enjoying God forever.

Most everything we do lasts only for a while. Before long, we can’t do it anymore or we lose interest. There are activities we used to enjoy but have ceased to interest us. But here is the promise of enjoyment, enjoyment of the living God, that will never grow old.

When someone asks, What are you doing here? you can throw them for a loop. Just say, I’m here to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. Whether the other person knows it or not, that’s our real purpose!

 

God’s blessings on you.

 

 

Gale Watkins, Pastor