I fancy myself an entrepreneur.

Oh, and a(n):

I also aspire to be a(n):

  • Martial artist (isshin-ryu, specifically)
  • Outdoorsman
  • Mountain biker
  • Sudoku master

Many of us identify closely with our occupation. It is our specialty, and to a large degree it makes us feel special. We connect with people who do the things we do.

We identify with our hobbies. They bring us joy and they make us feel good.

We’ve likely put a lot of time and effort into our occupations and hobbies and have a lot invested in those parts of our selves.

Our political and fan affiliations help us feel connected to meaningful communities of people who care about the same things we do.

As Christ-followers, the identities we have associated ourselves with must be filtered through our identity in Jesus.

Whichever identities conflict with Jesus have to go. If they compete with Jesus, they have to go. If they dishonor Jesus, they have to go.

Those that remain are more meaningful because they are amplified by our submission to Jesus.