1. Your job is not Jesus. Stop worshipping your work. When you die or quit or get fired, they will replace you. The business will go on. Sooner or later, your legacy will be forgotten or at least seldom recalled. Other people will be hired, trained and promoted and they will perform better than you at some point and will set the new standard/record. Or what if your company goes under, then where is the return for all of your soul invested?
2. Your job is not your reason for existing. I cringe every time I hear someone say “I was born to do this job” and actually mean it. While a specific job may be part of the overall plan for your life, it is not the main point of your life. God is; knowing Him, glorifying Him and enjoying Him.
2. Your job is not your life. You don’t exist to solely be a money-generating, quota-meeting, bill paying machine. Your journey in life is not limited to the cookie-cutter path: go to school for 12 years, graduate from college, embark upon a career, pay debts, pay taxes and then retire.
3. Your job does not equate your worth as a human being. There isn’t an invisible job hierarchy determining your importance as a person. Working at Nasa doesn’t make you more valuable to God than someone working at McDonald’s.
4. Your job does not define you. While your job says something about the kinds of things you do most days, that’s all it says. You are not what you do to make money.
5. Your job is still not Jesus. While there may be some rewarding and satisfying aspects of your job, it will never fulfill you. Not even your dream job will fulfill you entirely. Why? Because your job doesn’t know what you need. Your job can’t reach inside your soul and heal you. Your job can’t revive you when you’re thirsty. Your job can’t eradicate the hurt of your past. Your job will not free you from sin and self. Stop looking to your job, or some hope of a future job, for fulfillment. Only Jesus gives that.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t strive to be excellent in our work. Followers of Christ should be the hardest working, most trustworthy and reliable employees (we work as unto the Lord and for His glory, right?) but what I am saying is that I wish we would be freed from the lie that what we do to make money is who we are. It’s not. Money, and being enslaved to a biweekly paycheck, and our obsession with “getting more money”, (and I’m aware this is a very counter-cultural statement) is not the most important thing in life. It’s not even in the top ten most important things in life. I’m not bashing the want to have comfort or security and the obvious need to survive, especially if you’re raising a family. And I’m not saying you don’t need money. Of course you do. But you don’t need money in the same way that you need Jesus and love and freedom and truth.
And I just wish we wouldn’t size people up based upon their jobs. I wish no one felt embarrassed by or ashamed of where they work. I wish we didn’t feel like failures for not having better jobs. And I wish that we didn’t cling to our titles and positions in order to feel good about ourselves. And I just wish we revolved more around Jesus instead of money. And I wish the insistent question, “Where am I gonna work? Where am I gonna work? Where am I gonna work?” would stop driving every single decision.