Identity Matters

A couple of weeks ago, I asked a question:

“Are you only as important as what you do?”

I think the correct answer to this question is both yes and no, and it really depends upon the lens through which one views it.

I know a lot of people find their sense of importance in their work, whether that be the particular work they do, the company they work for (or own), or some other organization they associate themselves with.  Introductions typically begin with someone stating their “position” or “title”, the organization they’re associated with, and/or their line of work as if this particular information defines them.  How often do we introduce ourselves to others by telling them what we do or what title someone else has bestowed upon us as if that somehow gives us some esteem?  This is not just true of secular society, either.  Many who work for the church (or for other civic institutions) seem to define their sense of importance in a very similar way.  But our “measure” of importance in the world and whatever “role” or “position” we may hold in it–to the eyes of men, including our own perception of ourselves–is all really quite meaningless.  In this regard, I think the answer to the question is a strong and emphatic “No!

Our real sense of importance is realized only in our usefulness and obedience to God, for the purpose of His glory.  At least that’s how I see it.  Do you love Christ and cast your cares on Him?  Do you walk as He walked?  Do you love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, all your strength?  Do you love your neighbor as yourself?  Do you carry your cross and deny yourself?  To the extent that you do these things, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”  In God’s eyes, you are only as important as what you do.  Not the things you do in the world of men, but in the Kingdom of God.

Your thoughts?

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