Identity Crisis

Adam Stout

READ : Ephesians 2:1-10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works. (v. 10)

One of the greatest temptations Christians face is being defined by their work. “What do you do?” is one of the first questions adults ask each other. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one of the first questions they ask children.

When we don’t know, or when we are without work or retired, we may feel a sense of purposelessness. We might feel less important than others. But even more dangerously, if we have a so-called successful job, we might actually think we’re more important than other people.

God doesn’t value that kind of thinking. He wants us to know our primary identity is not in what we accomplish. God will not look at us and say, “Wow! This person is a CEO. Impressive!” In fact, the apostle Paul says we are actually God’s “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” All of our talents and abilities were given to us in order to reflect our Creator.

A crucial question of identity that Jesus asks each of us is, “Who do you say I am?” How we answer this question determines our primary identity. If we receive God through Jesus, we call him “Father,” and we are his children.

This is good news for people who lose a job, can’t get a job, or whose weakened hands and minds prevent them from working like they used to. If we lose our job, our ability, or even our mind, our identity in Christ remains. It cannot be lost to God.


Jesus, please help me place my identity first in you. Amen.