What Do You Do for a Living?
by Justin S. Holcomb
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“What do you do for a living?” Whether you have a great answer to that question (“I have an important job!”) or a not-so-great answer (“I’m unemployed!”), the problem of defining ourselves by what we do instead of who we know, means that our self-worth is tied to our performance, instead of who we are as a son or daughter of God.
Justin S. Holcomb, a man with many jobs, unpacks how our ideas about work affect how we think about ourselves and others. Instead of work being a ladder to self-worth that we are either climbing up or falling off of, Justin describes a third way—where work, even work in a broken world, is a part of what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, and a tool to help us grow in our love for God and others.
Justin S. Holcomb, PhD, is an Episcopal priest and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of Know the Heretics and Know the Creeds and Councils, as well as the coauthor of God Made All of Me and Rid of My Disgrace. He also serves on the boards for REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments).