Is Your Work Trying to Define You?

by | Jan 1, 2018

“I have been given fullness in Christ — I lack nothing. I am a daughter of the Most High King; the enemy cannot harm me. If God is for me, who can be against me?”

These are a few of the key phrases I verbally speak over myself (almost) everyday on my 30-minute drive to work … repeatedly. My work environment is very results-driven, and therefore it is easy to fall into the trap of letting successes/failures and people’s opinions define who I am. It is also easy to fall into the trap of comparison, thus evaluating myself based on the performance of others. 2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”  When I compare and allow the perceptions of others to define me in the workplace, I am not being wise.

In order to combat this, I try to go into work with the knowledge of my position in Christ reminding myself of what the Word says about me:

  1. He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.” — Ephesians 1:4-5
  2. “Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family, so Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” — Hebrews 2:11
  3. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” — 1 Peter 2:9
  4. “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s Children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” — Romans 8:16-17

Ephesians 6:11 tells us to put on the full armor of God so that we can take our stand against the enemy’s schemes. One of the pieces we are to actively put on is the belt of truth. The truth that He adopted us, not by works, but by His grace. The truth that Jesus is pleased to call us His brothers and sisters. The truth that we are God’s beloved children and it was His pleasure to bring us into His family. When I start my day rooted in God’s Word, it is easier for me to stay grounded when temptations come my way at work. Satan wages a daily battle against me to find my identity in my work, but as I repeat God’s truth to myself over and over again, I am victorious. I am able to stand.

What are we feeding ourselves in the morning? Do we go into work with the knowledge that we have been given fullness in Christ (Col 2:10) or do we go into work with a “subconscious” mindset that our successes/failures define who we are? When we know who we belong to, we are able to break free from basing our identity on others’ opinions and business results. When we know who we belong to, we are able to focus our attention upward toward Him and outward toward others, rather than inwardly toward self. We are then able to fix our eyes on His Kingdom, on winning the approval of God and God alone (Gal 1:10).

Lord, I thank you for my brothers and sisters in Christ. I thank you that you are the unique Creator who created us fearfully and wonderfully in Your own image. Lord, I thank you that it was your pleasure to redeem us, not because of what we had to offer, but because of Your selfless, unfailing love. Lord, I thank you for Your grace that You richly lavish on us. I ask that You would speak Your truth over us this week. Help us to write Your truth in our hearts and minds. Help us to receive You, Your love, Your grace, and to ground our identity in You. Let us be defined by who You say we are and nothing else. Thank You, Jesus, that we are Yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“We have been given fullness in Christ – we lack nothing! If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31