“The clearer we capture the vision of our new identity in Jesus Christ, the more we realize that our deepest needs for security, significance, and satisfaction are met in Him and not in people, possessions, or positions.” -Derwin Gray, Limitless Life
I have shared previously how I have struggled on several occasions with my purpose at work. While I know that I am called to a different mission at some point in time, I find it hard to wrap my mind around the purpose for this current mission. While I continue to “make tents” for a living, I struggle with my attitude, with my ability to give Him the glory for everything in a given day, and to sometimes even seek His guidance in the midst of my tent building. Instead, I have one thing on my mind…
“Do we think God has given us the jobs we have simply to make money, pay off debt, and buy more stuff?”
As I sat the other day sulking because I had been chewed up and spit out over something beyond my control? Yes, I am counting down the days until my next pay check. That reward that says this “tent building” means something. Some days my only mission is to get through 6 hours of work, so I can clock out, go home, and well…get a paycheck!
All while contemplating the purpose in it all. A purpose in what I do each day. A purpose to get me out of bed each morning. A purpose to get me through another day.
Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
Until I realize I already have one.
To be His child. To be His prophet. His Ambassador.
My purpose then is not in what I do, but how I do it.
Do I hide behind my office door hoping to cut myself off from the world? Do I sit and sulk because on any particular day I just don’t want to be in this particular place? Do I get instantly offended or angry over every little thing I consider to be a slight?
Or, do I show the love that God has shown me to others? To those at work? To those I meet in the hallways? Those that stop at my office door? Those that may be behind the computer screen of an angry email?
My purpose is to be loved by God and show this unconditional love, not only to myself, but to others.
“As ambassadors of Jesus, we see the entirety of our lives as His platform in which His kingdom is spread to every corner of the planet.”
As I thought all day about how to answer that one email, I remembered who I would be representing-Christ.
The one who endured far more condemnation and harsh words than could ever be spewed in a simple email.
Who loved me. Who died for me. Who calls me to be His Ambassador. Nothing more.
So today…in this place, my sole purpose was to simply be this: Love.
To send love and kindness across the lines of an email server to someone who needed it more than me.
And, that’s a reward no paycheck could ever replace.