Identity Crisis: Essential Or Non-Essential?

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Essential Or Non-Essential?

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In the wake and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, humanity has been put on a ledge of unanswered questions—about the virus, about the future, to mask or not to mask, about who we each are when we are broken down to our most minimal selves.

But at the birth of this crisis a new term toppled its way into humanity’s ever-fragile and searching minds: essential workers.

The two-word description can seem logical. It is a pandemic; we’ve been told of our need to isolate. We can’t all go to work as usual.

But what about the lasting impacts of such a phrase on a population who often define their very identity by their career of choice?

People suddenly find themselves on a precipice of feeling unneeded and without purpose: an identity crisis for the ages. What this phrase can lead us to think is: Who are we when stripped of our physical anchors in life?

Left without answers, being labeled “non-essential” in the eyes of our government can put a person in a dangerous mental space.

Stripped of our jobs, money, fancy clothes, exciting travels and adventures, what lies beneath? Why are we existing on this spinning orb of earth?

Perhaps this time of isolation and social distancing can be a massive opportunity for some much-needed self-examination.

It is right to ask these questions, but where you turn to for answers is crucial in finding an eternal purpose, one that makes every individual on this planet an essential worker. No man and no government can ever make you non-essential when you have an eternal purpose!

God, our Creator, our founding Father, has established a constitution for life that is truly immutable, with no need for amendments or change, because it is infallible and perfect at its core (Isaiah 44:2 Isaiah 44:2Thus said the LORD that made you, and formed you from the womb, which will help you; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and you, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
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; Psalm 139; 2 Timothy 3:16 2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
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Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
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Look at God’s Word on how He views humanity—how He views you.

In John 3:16 John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
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, God tells us He loves us so much He sacrificed His only begotten Son that we may have life, and not just life, but a fuller life, fruitful and abundant (John 10:10 John 10:10The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
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And in whose hands is that life (Job 12:10 Job 12:10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.
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)? In the hands of a government ruled by the words of men and women and changed opinions and policies? No way.

Our life is in the hands of our true founding Father, God.

Nothing, not a pandemic, not being deemed non-essential, life or death, “nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39 Romans 8:37-39 [37] No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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We cannot let ourselves be defined by our jobs or fashion labels or what others think of us. Those can be a part of what shape us, sub-identities to our core identity as Christian God-fearers and laborers in the Word.

The apostle Paul is clear in this: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58 1 Corinthians 15:58Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
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Doing the essential work of Christianity is a vow to work and strive for righteousness in our own lives, and to make sure the world knows, too, that that’s their purpose.

Whatever earthly job we find ourselves doing, and however much we feel that God may have called us to do that work, that job doesn’t define you. No man or woman can strip us of the ultimate work we are called to do in Christ. In this we are and will always be essential workers.

We are responsible until the day we die to live this calling, to fulfill our ultimate purpose. To learn more about this, check out our booklet Why Were You Born?