‘m a physician.” “I’m a contractor.” “I’m a salesman.” That may be an accurate statement regarding career, but it’s not true. What we do for a career, even if our “career” is a stay-at-home mom, does not define who we are. Even though we spend a good portion of our time doing whatever it is that leads us to say, “I’m a _________,” the time you spend doing something doesn’t determine your identity.
This lie has infiltrated our culture so much that it is almost unrecognizable. The lie is that we get our identity from what we do. This lie is so easy to buy into, especially for men. We take gifts that God has given us, use them in a career, and somewhere along the way our work is what defines us. It’s one of the easiest lies to buy into, because others constantly affirm our work or demand that we give more hours to the job. Before you know it, we look around and our main priority is work.
The disciples of Jesus even got caught up on this lie. After they got the vision statement speech from Jesus and were sent out by two’s to preach the Gospel, they came back overjoyed by the work that they were doing. Jesus quickly reminded them what was really important: “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” Jesus replied, “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18,20) Now that’s a good truth to hold on to, our names are written in Heaven! We are sons and daughters of God, and he has chosen us!
Try this next time someone asks you, “What do you do?” Answer: “About what?” I’ve done this a few times and the look on the face in front of you is priceless.
Lie: You get your identity from what you do.
Truth: Our names are written in Heaven and that defines us!
“ Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18,20)