I have written a lot about the issues I have had at my J-O-Bs.
The image of myself I developed as a result of the positions I have held over the years. Thinking less of myself because I don’t carry a brief case or use a stethoscope and I don’t own my own business. From an early age our society indoctrinates us to think that kids either grow to be doctors or lawyers or, really any job that requires the wearing of a tie, or you’re a loser.
I bought into this lie and it is a lie of monumental proportions.
It comes directly from the mouth of Satan.
This is an attack on our worth, value as human beings, as individuals and as creations of God almighty.
I would get depressed when I thought about the fact that the job I was doing was not much more than housekeeping for a group of people that – in the grand scheme – are no better than me.
It has taken me a long time and many hours of prayer to realize that my worth does not come from my position but the position of Jesus Christ and what he thinks of me.
It can be hard.
We don’t see many movies or shows on TV that show the heroes as being what most would call “ordinary” people. Their usually professionals or they have glamorous job like writers – yeah, that’s glamorous alright – or actors. Seldom do we see the people that work behind the scenes often the ones that do the real work that make the “pros” look good when everything is said and done.
Repeated prayers about this led me to a passage in the book of Hebrews that has helped the way I look at this, at others and especially how I see the man in the mirror.
The author of Hebrews writes in the 5th chapter verse 1 – 10 about how the High Priests had to not only makes sacrifices for the people but in order to be worthy of that he had to make sacrifices for himself.
He then goes on to compare Jesus to this process and equates Jesus’ suffering and eventual state of perfection to the acts of the High Priests and how that makes him the source of eternal salvation to all who believe.
But it is in verse 8 that I see the thing that stands out the most to me – the word “though.” It says, “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered (italics and underline added by me). Now the rest of the passage is important, however that word “though” looms so large in the whole idea.
The verse acknowledges that Jesus IS the son of God and despite that fact he had to learn obedience, he had to suffer he had to go through – some believe – Hell to reach perfection.
How do I equate that to my lousy jobs and extremely low self esteem?
If God allowed HIS son to be beaten, bruised, hit, slapped, struck, spit on, slandered and hung on a cross – not once did God lessen the pain for Jesus – alloweing him to suffer the full brunt of all of humanity’s sin then who am I to complain about a J-O-B that I chose; a J-O-B that is putting food on our table and paying our mortgage. Who am I to complain working in an air conditioned office when Jesus didn’t even get anything to drink other than spoiled wine?
My value and worth comes from the fact that I was created in the image of God, known before I was born and the He loved me so much that He allowed Jesus to suffer in the most humiliating way and die to remove the barrier between us.
I have value because God loves me.
I have value and that is something that Satan cannot change.
And his lies don’t live here anymore.