Does My Job Define Me?

02 Sep

FAW_LOGOI’ll never forget my first “real job,” serving as a plumber’s assistant at Conrad’s Precision Plumbing in Hartville, Ohio.  While I was grateful for the opportunity, the learning experience, and the paycheck… I knew early on that it probably wasn’t my chosen career path.

Life as a plumber’s assistant helped me learn a lot about working hard, interacting with co-workers, respecting the boss, and choosing a positive attitude no matter what was going on around me.

This Sunday at Grace, we’re starting a 2-week series about our jobs.  Our lives at work.  Our career paths.  Our “nine-to-five” roles that often become part of our identity and the way we introduce ourselves…

“Hey, I’m Sally, and I’m a teacher.”

“I’m Urban, and I’m a college football coach.”

“I’m Madison, and I’m a stay at home mom.”

“I’m Kyle, and I was Gary’s boss back when he was a plumber’s assistant with us.”

We are so quick to attach our names with our jobs.  Countless times, I have introduced myself as “I’m Gary, and I’m a pastor at Delaware Grace.”

To be true, work does play a huge part in our lives.  It was always meant to be that way, according to the Bible and how God created us in God’s image.  In Genesis 1, God quickly assigns Adam and Eve the privilege of ruling over the animals, taking care of the earth, and “subdue-ing” it.  In other words, “Get to work – it’s part of why and how I’ve made you!”

I look forward to encouraging our people to get the most out of life at work, no matter what your circumstances are.  Even if you can’t stand your circumstances, your co-workers, your boss, or your work culture… God still wants to use all of these things to help us become better people.  To help you grow as His son or His daughter because of the already-finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Whether as a plumber’s assistant or a pastor, I need reminders that my identity, purpose, and value comes from God alone, and not from my job.   The same is true for you.  Your value and worth and identity does not have to come from your job, your employer, or your career field.

I love my job, but it’s not who I am.  It is not my identity.  My job does not define me.

God does… and He cares deeply about our perspectives on how and why we work!
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24


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