“How Does Your Resume Measure Up?”
A few weeks ago I did a sermon on “How Does Your Resume Measure Up?” It catapulted us as Christians into a realization of what God means to be workers with Him. The scripture text came from 2 Corinthians 6:1-10 (NKJV)
I have seen first hand by working in the Nextstep program, a program then under Tidewater Community College that assisted military spouses to go to college. Also under the Workforce Development Office through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) on assisting people with Resumes, Cover Letters, interviewing skills, and other employment help aids.
It is imperative to understand, Corporations today want to know they are getting the best fit for the job they are hiring for. So, when they partner with the VEC, they are expecting very qualified, ready-to-work individuals. Writing a resume and a cover letter are very important papers anyone can ever write because they will either help an individual or deter an individual in the hiring process.
Scripture shows us The Apostle Paul is informing the Corinthian church the importance of being a worker for Christ. It is also the fact that Paul is sharing his own resume to the church in Corinth so they too see the the importance of being a committed follower; which is doing the work.
Paul is saying to everyone; God wants us to be workers with Him for our own good. You see the word “workers” has some significance for us. We are workers with Him not the other way around. God doesn’t help us with our work, it is His work that He wants us to help Him with. We spend so much time trying to get God to help us with our work instead of us finding out what God’s work is, and doing it joyfully with Him. The last thing God needs is a bunch of Christian couch potatoes or pew warmers.
God’s grace is freely given. It is given to us because we have shown faith in Christ Jesus our Lord and have become obedient. God doesn’t want us to receive His grace and become passive. Paul knew God gives His grace, we work hard, and the work of God is done.”
Paul quotes Isaiah 49:8 to express a sense of urgency to the church. He is also sharing this urgency to all of us today. We need to let go of our self-focus, we need to let go of complacency, and we need to let go of just being comfortable where we are in our lives. We need to be busy for the Lord working together with Him. God has told us when Jesus returns He should find us being busy with the calling He has given us on our lives.
Paul lists his first quality as patience? We don’t ask for patience because we think of patience as the ability to sit around and wait on God for something to happen. The Greek word used here is hupomone which means an active endurance. It means the ability to bear trials and tribulations to the point that it changes them as we continue to maintain our faith and trust in God.
You see, we go through life and we continue to build our resume, we obtain things that we are told to put in our personal tool belt aren’t we? This is no different in our Christian walk either. I would like to ask you a question at this juncture; would you go to a Dr., pharmacist, lawyer, and yes even a minister if those individuals did not carry certain credentials or have available resources to be able to perform their job? No, I don’t think I would either.
Paul is describing resources such as; “by purity, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.” It is with these resources that God enables us and equips with our constant spiritual battle with our enemy.
It is paramount to understand God wants us to work with Him. He wants us to produce, accomplish, bring about some change, and lead others to Christ Jesus our Lord. He wants us to be able to profess His Holy Word in all situations.
Our resume needs to be up to par and it needs to include Jesus because it is He who we profess to believe in. If your resume does not show everything it needs to show as a Christian, then we need to come back to Jesus and ensure everything is on our resume as He would want it to be.
The Word tells us not to forsake the assembling together. Where is it that we learn about God in such a way that we can take what we learn and apply it? We have to stop picking and choosing when we want to be a committed follower or when we don’t. Let’s build our resume, so like the Apostle Paul we can not only show our strength, we can also show the resources we have in our tool belt as we continue to fully exhibit every characteristic of a committed follower, an Ambassador, and a worker for Christ Jesus our Lord. So, as this blog and my sermon asks the question, I too ask the question now, “How Does Your Resume Measure Up?”