Our Identity, Purpose, Roles, & Assignments
#1: Our identity comes only from our Heavenly Father.
Our identity comes only from our Heavenly Father. As believers, we are never meant to get our identity from what we do, where we are in life, or the circumstances that surround where we are. Our identity is always defined by our Creator. Our identity is who we are.
#2: Our identity is that we are children of God.
Our identity is that we are children of God. No matter what role or assignment we may find ourselves in life, our identity remains constant. It will never change. On your best days you are God's child. On worst days you are God's child. And there is nothing that can change that.
#3: We do from relationship and identity. Not for...
We do from relationship and identity. Not for relationship and for identity. Being God's children is not something we are striving to become. Being God children is what we are. Thus, our identity is not the goal for how we live. Rather our identity is the source of confidence out of which I live.
#4: Our purpose is why we are here.
As believers our sole purpose for man is to glorify the Father in all that we do. Most of the time when we think of purpose, we think "purpose activity" or "purpose assignment". The danger in thinking this way is that when your activity and/or assignment changes, if your identity is attached to it, you will lose your sense of purpose because you defined your value and worth by an activity.
#5: Our purpose is to glorify The Father in all that we do.
#6: Our role is what we do - Our activity.
#7: Our purpose and identity never changes.
#8: Our role constantly changes.
Our role is what we do. It is the activity that we have called to. Though identity and purpose never change, roles constantly change. Roles generally change based on to factors: Seasons and Environments.
Seasons are defined by a set space of time in our lives. Whereas Environments are defined by the space that we occupy within a given space and time. Roles and Environments have the ability to change from day to day or even as frequent as moment to moment. A person can occupy more than one role in a determine season and environment.
#9: Shifting roles and assignments don't determine my identity.
#10: Our assignment is where we are.
#11: Our assignments change just like our roles
Shifting roles and assignments don't determine our identity. If we confuse our roles for our identity, as soon as our role or assignment changes we experience identity crisis because we feel as though we have lost who we are with the role that has changed. The positions we serve in, where you are employed, or titles we carry are simply roles, not our identity or purpose.
Assignments speak to where we are. This speaks to the location in which our carry we are called to carry out our roles for the seasons God has set.
#12: Marry the values & vision, not the position
As we look at ministry and serving, it is always important that we our position does not become a stumbling block for commitment. Whenever your identity becomes too attached to a role or an assignment, when a leader chooses to change your role or assignment, there is potential for offense to set in based on your worth being set by your role. However, whenever we become attached to the vision and values of the church, wherever we serve does not matter because it is seen as valuable to fulfilling the overall vision, verses self promotion.