As Christians, understanding our mission is so critical in understanding our identity because we have been called to be holy workers. Once Christian becomes part of our identity, we have a job to do, our life becomes a mission, a mission we are included in. God wants His people to be holy (1 Peter 1:15) and to make the world a better place (Matthew 5:13-16). As we pursue holiness and strive to make a difference in the world, we become more and more like Christ.
Holy Workers Must be Set Apart:
If I am to be a holy worker, I must first understand what it means to be holy. The word holy means to be set apart. I think it is similar to the idea of being special. Obviously, there is a spiritual aspect to the word holy, because it applies especially to God. God, after all, is the standard by which we are to be holy.
"but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct," (1 Peter 1:15 ESV)
Many people wonder about what God wants from them during their life, what job to work, what college to go to, what career to pursue, etc. However, when scripture speaks concerning God’s will for us it’s focus is on our holiness or sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 is an example of this, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.” (ESV) The context is dealing with sexual immorality and teaches us some valuable lessons on avoiding sexual sin. However, God’s will for our life is still identified. God wishes for us to be sanctified, which refers to the process of growing more set a part or more holy. This is God’s desire for us as His holy workers.
Being holy isn’t easy. It takes hard work to avoid temptation and the snares of sin. This is why we must constantly work on ourselves. We must constantly look for areas we can grow, repent and be more like Christ! Striving to be who God would have us be looks like striving for growth each and every day. However, we cannot only work on ourselves, we have other work to do as well.
We Must Go To Work:
God desires for us to be set apart from the world, but He also wants us to be workers. He has given us a job to do. Jesus’ last words on earth were given to inspire His disciples to go and make more disciples. This truly inspired them. All throughout the book of acts we see Jesus’ disciples making a massive impact for good in the world. We are to be just as inspired to go and make the world better by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
Our Work Isn’t Just Teaching:
We also need to do good so others may give glory to God. Jesus calls us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Ultimately, we are to strive to make the world a better place. This is not for our benefit but so that others will recognize God. Our work is critical to our identity because it is such a major part of who God expects us to be. However, if we neglect the work we are to do on ourselves our work on the world will be in vain. Our work is complimented by our holiness. When others see that we live different, that we avoid sin and evil, they will recognize the impact God has made on our lives and the impact God is making through us.
This is what it is really all about: God made a difference in us, so we could make a difference in the world, allowing the world to recognize Him. Ephesians 2:10 explains that we are created in Christ to do good works! In other words, God has created Christians to do good! As God’s people, let us all go forth and be holy workers!