[The above is an abbreviated, postproduction text of the program released for broadcast the week of March 1-7 in the radio series, "The Bible Speaks to You." Heard internationally over more than 1,000 stations, the weekly programs are prepared and produced by the Christian Science Committee on Publication, 107 Falmouth Street, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. 02115.]

RADIO PROGRAM NO. 309 - Your Job and Your identity

Questioner: Today many people identify themselves with certain jobs and skills. But on account of changing developments in business today I think that a lot of people are afraid they will lose their own identity.
Speaker: This is a rather common concern today, but I don't believe anyone can actually lose his identity. No human circumstance can rob him of it. Regardless of his environment, his social standing, the kind of job he has, or any other human circumstance, he can't lose his identity.

Now, he may succumb to the belief that he's lost it. He may believe that he's useless, that nobody wants him or cares about him. And if this is what he believes, then he's apt to be pretty miserable. But the fact still remains that he can never lose his true identity, his true worth, and it can't be taken from him.
Questioner: Your concept of true identity may be different than mine.
Speaker: Ordinarily, I suppose, we think of identity as the characteristics by which we identify a person—his name, his appearance, his personality. But that's really a limited view. These are human factors, which only hint at his true identity. I'd say that a man's real identity is the sum of the qualities lie derives from the very source of his being, from God— what he actually is, what he reflects eternally as the image and likeness of God.

If anyone will carefully ponder the spiritual thread that runs through the Bible, he'll see that God's purpose for man is that each one should learn to know his spiritual selfhood or his real identity and to bring out more and more of this God-given potential. Isaiah puts it this way (43:12): "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God."

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March 9, 1968

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