Your Real Job

I was talking with some friends the other day about how deeply identity is connected to what one does for a living. It’s crazy how we even introduce ourselves by what we do for work: “Hi, I’m _____. I’m the Worship Leader at _____ Church.” Is that what defines us?

What’s your job? No, not the worship leader part. What’s your real job?

Theologian Walter Brueggemann once said,

As we move from the question ‘Who Am I?’ to the question ‘Whose am I?’ eventually all questions of identity become questions of vocation…Vocation is finding a purpose for being in the world that is related to the purposes of God.
(qtd. in Myers and Jeeves 49)

Our primary role on earth is not to acquire a career. Obviously you can’t totally sustain a living without one, but there is a higher calling:

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
(Galatians 3:26-29)

You are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10) – His masterpiece – His child.

Yes, you’ve been called to do good works in your ministry. Yes,  you have responsibilities in that ministry.

Just don’t forget that you’re His kid too.

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3 responses to “Your Real Job

  1. We recently took our youth on a Winter retreat devoted to Sabbath thinking. We basically just spent 3 days soaking in the fact that we are people identified by “being” when culture often screams at us to constantly be “doing”. Very refreshing to let our presence with God be at the heartbeat of our identity. Also, so wise of you to bring in the voice of Brueggemann! :) Did you know he’s coming to speak at SPU in March? I’m so bummed I’m out of town. You should go hear him speak!

    • That sounds like an awesome retreat! Brueggemann showed up in a book I read for a class recently, and I liked what he said! That would be awesome to hear him in March! Thanks for the tip!

      • Nice! His book “Finally Comes the Poet” is great. One of my favorite books actually. He talks about the role of imagination in our theology. It goes highly recommended by me!

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