The great deception in life is uncovered in our quest to know our true, personal identity. Or perhaps it is better understood by saying, “The great deception occurs when we lose our true, personal identity.”
MATTERS OF IDENTITY …
Who you are matters. This is a recurring theme in much of our writing on the topic of the spirituality of work. Identity is a daily matter. “Who am I today?” and “What will I do with myself today?”
MAKING THE BIG CONNECTION …
The notion of “what” connects neatly to “who.” To understand this, let’s do a quick review of some basic grammar rules.
The intransitive verb “to be” and the transitive verb “to do” are related. A transitive verb carries action forward. There is an object that receives the action the verb. For example, “Today I will do my vineyard.” While there might be better verbs to describe the action of working in a vineyard, we see that I plan to “do” something in my vineyard. The vineyard will receive the action of my doing.
An intransitive verb, on the other hand, has no action. That’s not to say it’s unimportant, however. To carry the vineyard example forward, we might say, “Today I shall be a vine master.” In this sentence, we’re saying something similar to what was said in the first sentence, but with a totally different approach. Instead of action, we are focusing on a state-of-being.”
THE POINT OF THE GRAMMAR LESSON …
So that we don’t bore you too long with grammar lessons, let’s get to the real point.
There is a strong connection between “being” and “doing.”
God makes you to be who and what He wants you to be. Neither Satan nor anyone here on earth can change that because God is sovereign. He is in charge. But because we as people connect our identity (a vine master) with what we are doing (working in the vineyard), that’s where the enemy attacks us. He cannot change who and what you are, but he can change what you think about yourself at the point of action.
HOW THE DECEPTION HAPPENS …
He attacks you in the things you do. And since most people spend most of their time each week in work-related activities, the great deception almost always takes place with your job, work and career.
This is the reason so many people celebrate “hump day” (Wednesday … the time when the half the week is over) and “TGIF” (Friday … the time when the work week is behind us). Do you even realize that:
People wish their lives away each week so that they might be the real person they were supposed to be for those two glorious days they call “the weekend.”
WHERE THE DECEPTION HAPPENS …
The enemy attacks us in our work at our workplaces with the very work God has given us to do. He knows he can’t kill us so long as we are with God (Jn 10:10), so his next best option is to deceive us into killing ourselves by encouraging us to wish our lives away.
And why do we wish God’s gift of life away each week? Because we are deceived.
Even though we know that God is in charge, somehow we believe He has let us get off course. “We’re not we we were made to be,” the voice of the enemy tells us. “We’re not doing what God made us to do.”
THE CURE FOR THE DISEASE OF DECEPTION …
We know that life happens. We know that circumstance and happenstance often intervene to thwart our own plans. That’s a fact! But nothing in life is truly random. And nothing surprises God. The antidote to the great deception is the “total trust” that comes from knowing three (3) things:
- God is good.
- This good God loves you.
- And He is completely in charge.
When you come to grips with that piece of truth, your job, work, and career begin to take on a whole, new meaning. The spirituality of the work you do begins to make sense. Your job ceases to be merely a means of paying the bills and becomes a source of life and love for you as you work among others, serving in the community where He has planted you!
Don’t be deceived. You can trust God. Put your trust in Jesus Christ!