Your True Identity

Trying to Prove Yourself?


In our culture, it can often seem we are only as valuable as what we do for a living, how much money we make, or who we know. But is that how God's economy works? What if instead of looking to our work and the world to give us value, we looked to Jesus? In this video from the WorkMatters FUSE Forum, Brad Respess shares how understanding his identity in Christ has changed the way he works and leads. Brad Respess is President and CEO of Tip Top Poultry, a third generation poultry and food processing company. 


What is your weekday morning routine? Does it prepare your heart and mind for the day ahead? How?
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Brad said he takes times each morning to remind himself that he is loved and cherished by God, and that his identity is in Christ alone. He said, “This gives me freedom to go to work and serve others. I no longer need to go to work to gain purpose, value, or identity for myself.” 

What biblical truth might you need to hear each day before stepping into the office? Why? How can you tell when your work or the approval of others is trying to take over your identity?
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Describe a specific time you tried to prove yourself at work. To whom and what were you trying to prove? What was the outcome and how did it make you feel?
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What would it look like to rest in your identity in Christ if your position is threatened or performance criticized? How would it free you to love and serve others at work, rather than pursue your own personal gain?
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Brad and his team encourage each other to rest and rely on God. Who could you ask to encourage you? How could you encourage others at your office?
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To those of us who follow Jesus, our identity is in His death and resurrection. For we were once dead in sin, but are now alive and united with Christ. May we find ways, like Brad, to remember this throughout the day. 


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