What Do You Do?
Posted on July 22, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
If you walk onto a construction site and ask the workers the question, “What do you do?” You may get a few different answers. Some may say “I build houses”, others “I make a living to pay my bills” and others may say “I build homes for families to live in”.
When we confuse what we do as who we are, we don’t fulfill the role as a believer in Christ. If I’m a carpenter who happens to be a Christian, my priority is works based. When I base my worth on what I do rather than who I am, there’s an incompleteness that will hinder my walk with the Lord. I need to be a Christian who does carpentry, then I’m complete whether I’m able to build or not.
In the second chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he seems to put who we are over what we do. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works”, first and foremost we are God’s creation, His people, and our identity should be in Christ. When we think that what we do is who we are, it can become mundane and never satisfying to our soul. Paul starts the 2nd chapter by reminding us, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sin. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)”.
If fact, I believe that if we get this twisted, we can short change ourselves. Recognizing that we are His workmanship before we do any type of work is important, our motivation will be different. We then can say “I work my works as unto the Lord. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” “Just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved” 1st Corinthians 10:31,33.
When our motivation is to glorify God, life takes on a whole new meaning. “My Boss owns the cattle on a thousand hills”, should be our attitude when working or serving.
So, if you think you’re only making a living, serving some people or a prayer warrior that has the burden to pray for the saints and unsaved, know that “What you do is not who you are”. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: “An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.” – A.W. Tozer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, -1 Peter 1:6-7
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