When you write up a resume for that dream job, or any one, you inevitably start dissecting yourself. You remember those awards you received ages ago, or that recognition certificate that technically everyone received, you define and exaggerate skills and ambitions that the business world has deemed fit for hire. Your flaws become that spec stuck in your eye, no matter how hard you scratch or try to wash it away, it remains just slightly in the corner, blurring your vision.
We demand the perfect portrait of work ethic, creativity, and drive; and without a doubt judge those that both meet and don’t meet these standards. We ask to prove your worth, your ability, to tell us why you are equipped to do the work.
We require and expect the perfect version of yourself, when it doesn’t exist.
Many among my acquaintances will speak of God like a potential hiring event. They feel they don’t have the necessary degree, enough years of experience, or proper skillset to follow Him.
In other words, “I’m not good enough.”
My heart aches for those that believe we must qualify to follow Jesus- that we must be living a certain way, have a certain past, or follow specific rules. God does not ask you to prove yourself worthy, He meets us where we’re at, no matter how dark and lost that place may be.
A few years ago, I wouldn’t be able to tell you who I was or what I was doing with my life. Tripping over the mistakes and drunken regrets that camped out on my floor, I found myself telling others that the God I knew didn’t care about what I did or how I acted. I was the definition of the “believer” that thought legalism ruled the church body and I was refusing to be a part of it. I was in denial from my sin, and thought I wasn’t good enough or disciplined enough to understand a God that doesn’t require a resume.
I thought I didn’t qualify.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Luckily, with a myriad of people and their stories, I finally understood that God’s grace is the only necessity in knowing Him. Because of the cross God loved me in the lowest times of my life, the times I needed Him and didn’t know, and He loves me just as much now. This fact means I have always been and will always be equipped to do His work. He created me to do so. He created you to do so.
Every day I fail perfection, I continuously fall to the feet of God in forgiveness over another sinful act, I constantly plead for a heart abandon; I am a work in progress and still a follower of Jesus. I still sway from obedience, yet He welcomes me home with open arms. I have yet to accomplish a flawless thought, but He knows my heart.
I do not have to turn in a resume to be with God, I simply have to choose Him. Once you make that decision, “you’ve got the job.”
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
It’s a beautiful thing my friends, to sit back and ponder the grave planning that God our father has done for us. Before our first breath, we were His. Before we knew him, He knew us. Before we understood our purpose, He had one ready. Our lives are owed to the handiwork of our Lord that when we choose to follow Him, we must strive to follow out those good works he destined.
Go to Him; choose Him; know Him; and feel the purity in His love. No resumes. No cover letters. No lies or exaggerations. Just who He created you to be.
Coming next- what obeying Jesus looks like after choosing to follow Him