Have you ever asked someone a question like, “So, what do you do for a living?” or “Where do you work?” I know I have. Why do we ask those questions? It’s to get to know someone better. If we know what they do for a living, we can learn a lot them. Another question I’ve asked people is “Where do you live?” or “Where are you from originally?” Again, we ask these questions because, if we know where someone lives or where they grew up, we can begin to understand that person better.
There have been times in my life when being asked where I worked or what I did for a living was a source of pride. At other times, I would dread even being asked that question and would hope to avoid it. Why? The times I was proud to answer that question was when I was working full-time at a church. I liked being able to tell people that I was a pastor. But then, that part of my life changed. I went from being a pastor to working in retail. I went from a job where I found great pride in doing to a job where I was embarrassed to even answer the question. What I discovered about myself was that I found my self-worth in my occupation. I found my job title affected what I thought about myself. That’s warped thinking. That’s ungodly thinking.
Who I am is not what I do.
When I feel unimportant, little, unloved, unwanted, or unworthy, I need to ask myself one big question. Who does God say I am? According to God’s Word, I am His dearly loved child. I am a soldier for the Most High. I am a mighty warrior. I am a member of God’s family. I am a citizen of Heaven. I am victorious. I am holy. I am forgiven. I am grace-filled. I am adopted. I am chosen. I am empowered.
As God has moved me through life, He is leading me to understand that who I am is not what I do. Who I am is found in Him.