Who do you think you are?3
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
- Ephesians 2:10
Who you think you are has a tremendous impact on how your work shapes you.
Imagine two kids who are trying to get good grades. The first kid knows that she is loved and accepted by her parents. She works hard to please them because she loves them back. The second child fears he has to prove himself to his parents. He works hard to earn their approval.
In both cases, the work may look the same: hard work, good work. But the differences beneath the surface are enormous.
The kid who works from a secure identity experiences peace and joy in her work-life. The child who works from a striving identity experiences anxiety and bitterness in his work-life.
In our passage today, Paul wants us to know that God made us. We are his handiwork, his workmanship, his creation. Before we're given any work to do, we're told that God claims us.
How does having a secure identity shape your experience of work?