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Do you find your identity in your job?

Your duties do not define you as a person. You are defined by who you are in Christ.

Life is filled with duties, starting with chores when we are young, then homework in school, job requirements in the workforce, ministry obligations in the church, relational duties in marriage, and parental and grandparental responsibilities in our families. Our duties are endless. Often they are noble, but when they become the source of our identity, they can destroy our souls.

At the end of the day, you are not what you do. Your duties do not define you as a person. You are defined by who you are in Christ.


Ephesians 2:8–10; 4:24

  • By what and through whom are we saved? (By grace through faith in Jesus.)
  • Why is salvation considered a gift? (We cannot work for it. It is given to us by God, through Jesus.)
  • What type of work is prepared for us? Who prepared this work, and why did he prepare it? (Good works are prepared for us, and it is God who has prepared them, so that we may walk in them and be blessed. God’s “good works” beat any earthly duty that we could ever worship.)
  • On which duties do you base your identity? Discuss.


On the cross, Jesus defeated every idol in your life, including those duties that you pay too much attention. Pray that God will help you see your idols and then turn from them in repentance to God. Ask him to help you remember that your identity is who you are in Christ, not what you do.

This devotion is adapted from the Who Do You Think You Are? Study Guides with Daily Devotions resource.

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