You are not your job!

Dear brother/sister in Christ,

“If you are what you should be, then you will set the world on fire.”
St. Catherine of Siena

I pray that this post gives you a clear understanding that basing your identity on your job or any worldly thing is not something that you should rely on.

People do say things like the below when they are asked to identify themselves:-

  • I’m an electrician.
  • I’m a lawyer.
  • I’m a fashion designer.
  • I’m a CEO.

Even before I go into the main topic let me make it clear; I don’t want you to skip office nor leave your job. I don’t want you to think that you are doing a bad job nor feel not so nice about being unemployed. I also assume that you believe in Jesus. There is hope so hang on!

Getting back to what I mean, many people identify themselves by worldly titles. This has its own perks and benefits in the social circles where they dwell. However the truth is these things come to an end, eventually. Here are some of the ways they end :-

  • Getting fired.
  • Being laid off.
  • Indefinite company lock outs.
  • Retirement.
  • Wars that take down national economies.
  • Long term illness.
  • Hostile corporate takeovers.
  • Demotions.

Unemployment is usually a hard time not only for the unemployed individual but also that person’s family. The rate of unemployment in North America is rising and if you are not aware you can click here to know more. So basing your identity on holding a job isn’t really reliable. I mean be happy that you have a job. Be grateful to God. Let your family benefit from it. However don’t get overwhelmed by it.

Never be so taken up by that, so when the day you no longer are working you don’t feel depressed. I’m serious as there have been instances of those getting laid off committing suicide as they couldn’t provide for their loved ones.

Romans 12:2 says that, Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

As believers in Jesus we can’t rely on worldly standards because the ways of the world die out eventually but the way of the Lord Jesus is eternal.

In light of these words, you need to identify yourself by something better. A person who believes in Christ is can choose to acknowledge his true identity. Once you accept your identity in the Lord Jesus you will never be shaken both in the spiritual and the physical aspects of life.

Here are a few scriptures to meditate on to make you realize your true identity in Christ which is eternal. Please read them prayerfully. Here we go:

A child of God – Romans 8:16 says that, The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God

Ambassadors for Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:20 says that, Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

God’s dwelling places – 1 Corinthians 3:16 says that, Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Part of the body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 says that, For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

New creation in Christ – 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Chosen ones – 1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Now that you are aware of what you are in Christ, I’d advise you to mediate on the above scriptures and read the Bible as it will tell you much more about your identity in Jesus. Remember that true identity is what works in this life and in the next, every time!

P.S: Please pray that I be able to write something on getting employed in a world where unemployment is rising.

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Posted on August 4, 2013, in Discernment. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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