Who am I


For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them – Eph. 2:10

Some time ago I was given some “new” duties on my job at the newspaper. I gotta tell you that I was not real happy. But after stewing on it for a while, I began to think about what I had taught students in the past about why we are here on this earth and really got a smack in the face about my attitude –  The Lord, by the way, QUICKLY corrected me. I am thankful to have a job.

Why on earth am I here on earth? What am I here for? This question is asked a lot by students and adults. Some of the answers are, “I don’t know”…”I’m an accident”….”I never even think about it.”

Our purpose is to bring glory and honor to God. No matter what vocation we choose, we must see it as an opportunity to fulfill a greater calling.  Our passage of scripture says that we are His “workmanship” stating that we were created by God, carved out of nothing and that should send a chill of excitement over our bodies. God Himself took the time to fearfully and wonderfully create…YOU. He took the time and care to make you just as you are and here it is – for His glory; to bring Him honor.

Everyone dreams about what they might want to be when they grow up; a doctor, lawyer, a professional athlete or maybe a super hero. I wanted to be Superman but that didn’t work out. My cape kept getting hung in the spokes of my bike.

Anyway, society tries it’s best to define peoples lives. It tries to put us in categories by what we do, how much we make, what kind of car we drive and what kind of body we have. Even as a believer we get caught up in the pursuit of success. Our lives become broken down into sections…
• Personal life
• Professional life
• Spiritual life

The truth of the matter is that we were never created to climb the corporate ladder. We were not created to compete for power and riches and fame. Instead we were created to glorify God – PERIOD. Now there is nothing wrong with having a good, well paying job as long as it is kept in it perspective – we’ll get to that on another day.

Our identity in Christ is not a title on a resume or in having big or car. It’s not how much we have achieved in life.  It’s about honoring Him and what eternal impact you have on a desperate world that lacks hope. You are valuable because of who you are IN Christ not because of what you will do for a living.

I leave you with this thought from Psalm 8:4 – “what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us?”

God delights in His children!

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One response

  1. emily

    Amen. “Do everything with all your heart, as for the Lord, and not for men.” got me through high school and college when things got tough. Now I’m working a job I didn’t expect and even more so it is difficult but I have to keep a good attitude. Something that has freed me is knowing that sometimes God’s will is something specific for you, but others, it is that whatever you do, you do it his way.

    June 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

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