A song about vocation–or is it?

Thanks to Dan Kempin for alerting me to this song “Do Everything” by Contemporary Christian Music artist Stephen Curtis Chapman.  It is about vocation, but it is about the Reformed doctrine of vocation, rather than the Lutheran doctrine of vocation.  They overlap, but the Reformed emphasis is that the purpose of vocation is to glorify God, as in this song (lyrics and video after the jump).  The Lutheran emphasis is that the purpose of vocation is to love and serve our neighbors.  What difference does that make, if any?

Stephen Curtis Chapman, “Do Everything”

You’re picking up toys on the living room floor for the fifteenth time today

Matching up socks

Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away

You put a baby on your hip

Color on your lips and head out the door

While I may not know you,

I bet I know you

Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?

Well let me remind you, it all matters just as long

[CHORUS]

As you do everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,

Cause he made you,

To do

Every little thing that you do

To bring a smile to His face

Tell the story of grace

With every move that you make

And every little thing you do

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About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.


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