HOW DO WE WRITE OUR OWN RESUME?
When candidates interview for jobs, there can be many impressive resumes, and a few that tell every truth that might be honest, but hurtful to possible employment.
Can you imagine how Judas Ischariot might write his resume?
“I am a middle aged man involved in ministry. I have gone on missionary and evangelistic missions, and prayed for the sick and they recovered. I cast out demons, and they flee.
Originally, I was of the Jewish religion, but I met Jesus and have been learned from Him for three years. I saw Jesus heal the sick, rebuke demons, raise the dead, cleanse lepers. I saw Him walk on water, and feed thousands with five loaves and two fish.
I was trusted to be His treasurer, and known to be thrifty with the money.
Though my Lord has trouble pleasing political and religious ones, I find that I am having great success in that. Some groups opposed to Jesus are willing to finance my ministry. They accept me as being the one with whom they want to fellowship.
Since I will soon depart from my current position as confidant of Jesus, I am seeking employment in another area of ministry. I can promise that my first endeavor, in a new position, will be to secure financial solvency.
Thank you for consideration.
Many resumes, like the one of Judas, probably are as dishonest. We tend to leave out the things that are not complimentary.
In the Bible, when God presents David’s resume, the sin with Bathsheba is included. Though God forgave and forgot, He has that story yet in the Word.
When God forgave Moses for striking the rock, and killing an Egyptian, God included those things in the Biblical resume.
Peter denied the Lord three times, often put his foot figuratively in his mouth. And the Bible resume still has those things revealed to all of us.
Yet, in our own resume’s, we tend to sound like perfect saints, never having embarrassed ourselves, nor shamed our God. The truth is that none of us are perfect, and if we are honest, our resumes would not get us a job scraping gum off park benches.
The main feature of our own resumes should be like as Paul wrote his resume:
Romans 7:15-23 (KJV)
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
If we included in our own resumes, as did Paul, that we are ourselves a ‘wretched’ person, we would not get applause, that only Jesus deserves.
Romans 7:24-25 (KJV)
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
The ‘reprobate man’ resurrects himself sometimes. Paul was honest and said that sometimes still, he would love what he should hate, and hate what he should love. The old ‘carnal’ man is still able to resurface.
The blessed part of our own resumes, as was Paul’s:
Romans 8:1 (KJV)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Our resumes, if honest, would give Jesus the blessing for our good traits, and our good works. We, of ourselves, are chief in sin, wretched in works, carnal in mind. Yet, Jesus has taken our condemnation that we would have to admit of ourselves, and given us forgiveness and mercy, not perfection as we might want to claim.
Do we need to praise self, or glorify Jesus for His mercy? We are sons, delivered from bondage of sins, but predestined to be glorified, by Jesus. We can be conquerors, but only through Him Who loves us anyhow.