Cultivating Daily into the Marketplace: is work your security blanket, or does your identity come from elsewhere?

Is work your security blanket?

If your identity and value and attitude and hopefulness is based in whether you work hard and work productively and work a lot, then work might be your security blanket. If you only feel important when you are needed at work or called upon for extra hours or leaned upon to lead work projects, then it might be. If you find yourself in the midst of incredibly significant family time unable to peel your thoughts away from work or your email or that last voice mail that notified you of a few more to do’s at work, then it might be. If you actually control your own schedule and have the say as to when and how much you work, but  you find yourself using the excuse, “I can’t today cause I have so much I have to do for work,” then it probably does.

Why does this matter? I mean doesn’t Genesis even say that Adam will work hard and derive much of his purpose from his work and accomplishments? YES. It does. However, this was a result of eating the forbidden fruit, not a description of God’s intended purpose for us.

Work as a security blanket is an indication of a hindering insecurity, which if left unattended can stifle what I was intended to be.

And that matters, because it impacts both how you are cultivating with and into your family as well as how you are cultivating the love of the near Jesus at work.

Jesus taught that we have life when we believe that we are loved by God in this way – that He sent His one and only Son. When we live loved, secure in Him, our identity defined by Him, with Jesus as enough, we then can daily give love into others that they might see and believe that they are loved by God. It is not that we all of a sudden have no insecurities. It is a daily journey – denying self, taking up my cross daily. Over time, I learn more and more the depth of the love God has for us and am compelled to love more and more the way I have been loved.

When work is my security blanket, then I am hindered in living loved, in living secure in Christ. I am too busy attending to the work that makes me who I am to even be who I was intended to be.

This hinders how I live in love and on mission to and with my family. And it hinders what is witnessed of God’s near love at work. Instead of people seeing someone whose security is based in something besides the day to day at work, which is very intriguing and attractive, people witness someone gripped by career demands and advancement. This is not that different from them, and so their search for purpose continues.

This isn’t just about being a work-a-holic. This is about our intended life and mission as followers of Jesus. The very One in whom our intended security should rest.

What do you think?

Praying that we will live loved at work, cultivating daily that others may be loved and believe Love.

-jason

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