CONFESSION: Sometimes I feel insecure about being a college dropout. Sometimes I see other people getting “degrees” and “graduating” and kind of wish that that was me. Not because I know that’s what God is calling me to do but because the SOUND of saying “I have a masters” sounds pretty official. Sometimes I compare myself and don’t FEEL as “accomplished”. Just being real.
God had to reveal this to me.
Jesus was a carpenter but it wasn’t who He WAS, it was simply what He DID. He was still the Son of God. His identity was in His Father, not in His occupation. Being a “carpenter” is not the most prestigious title in the world. Jesus wasn’t a scholar, a lawyer, a doctor, didn’t have a PHD yet He was still the greatest man to ever live. This “carpenter” is still the savior of the whole world..
Your identity is not in what you do. It is in who you are and WHOSE you are. Some of us are doing stuff, not because God led us to, but because we’re chasing high sounding titles. We’re chasing a certain tax bracket, we’re chasing “dreams” and ideas that God did not give us but that we gave ourselves out of selfish ambition. Do not get your occupation confused with your purpose. Do not allow other people to force what “they” think you should do on you. Yes, your mom thinks you should be a lawyer or a nurse or a doctor and thats cool but what is God telling you to do?
Stop trying to find your identity in a career and not in Christ. Our calling is bigger than a job and it is bigger than just a career. The truth of the matter is, whether I have PHD or whether I’m a college dropout, I am still His. Whether I make 100$/ hour or 12$/hour, I am still His. Whether I am a lawyer or a carpenter, I am still His. Whether I write 20 books, or no books, I am still His. Your worth, your identity and your value do not come from the things of this world. If God stripped you of all of your accomplishments and everything that you’re so proud of, would you still know who you are? If you’re the pastor of a large church, and God took that church away from you, would you still be confident in your identity in Him or would you be lost because your identity was in the title of being a “pastor” of such and such church? If God took away all of your degrees, would you still know who you are, or be lost because your pride was in your Masters degree?
In light of eternity, none of these things are going to matter. The point is this: Always put your hope in God and not anything of this world. Christ died and gave you an identity and that identity is in Him and Him alone. Do not adapt to this world’s way of thinking that you are what you DO. Do what God is leading YOU to do. Don’t try to mimic someone else’s path. Let God lead you every single step of the way.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Mathew 16:26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Love y’all! xox