Our Identity In Ministry

I’m convinced that one of the biggest struggles that we, as humans face is striving to find our identity in our accomplishments and careers. And when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. The majority of our time in life will have been spent in our job.

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I know, our identity is supposed to be found in Christ. If we are redeemed by Christ, then our identity is supposed to be found in the work of the gospel. But what happens when your career is SO closely aligned with who you are in Christ? For us in full-time ministry our work is to communicate the gospel clearly and effectively. So how do we ensure that we are not finding our identity in our work, but in Christ?

The gospel saves us from some things, and saves us to other things. The problem comes when we look at our work as ours. It’s not ours, it belongs to Christ.

We are saved from working long hours, neglecting our families, trying to outdo another church, and making an extra buck.
We are saved from making ourselves known.

We are saved to love Christ not our work with our entire lives.
We are saved to love our families well.
We are saved to say “No” to a past deadline request.
We are saved to kill our pride.
We are saved to create a killer sermon graphic, so that someone will hear and see the gospel, not so we can outdo or poach attendees from the church down the street.
We are saved to use the gifts God has given us to communicate the gospel.
We are saved to do our work to the best of our ability.
We are saved to show people Christ, not ourselves.

“[God] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” – 2 Timothy 1:9

What are you saved from? And what are you saved to?

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