I don’t know about you, but when I first met God I felt totally unqualified to join His organization. I had no experience being a Christian and didn’t know if they took people like me. Aside from the fact that I didn’t look, act or talk like a Christian, I was overwhelmingly underqualified in every way to be part of this spotless team. But I was desperate.
My spiritual bank account was overdrawn. I had quit all my previous positions and was currently self-employed and didn’t like my boss all that much. I was ready for a new employer. However, I didn’t have a clue how to get my foot in the door.
How does one prepare a resume to be a Christian?
Under previous employment do I list all the faiths that I have dabbled in during my lifetime? What work history do I detail? I am not a Sunday school teacher. I have never been on a mission, anywhere. I haven’t led a bible study and can’t quote scripture.
My resume would look something like this:
Name: Jennifer Wilson
Best method of contact: Prayer
Position sought: Christian
Practicing Catholic 1968 –1984
Born to Catholic parents. Fulfilled the responsibilities of Catholic, including, but not limited to, Sunday school and church attendance, confession, genuflecting, standing, sitting. Able to recite the Hail Mary and The Lord’s Prayer. Received communion on a regular basis. Lit an Advent candle or two. Observed Lent, for the most part. Participated in several church functions. Owned a bible, probably.
Non-Practicing Catholic 1990 – 2004
Attended churches of all denominations for acceptance. Married by an Episcopalian minister. Had child baptized by a Catholic priest. Attended Methodist church out of convenience. Enrolled son in the Awana program through the Baptist Church for self-gratification. Participated in regular church service at least twelve times during a 15-year span. Developed the skill of relying only on myself and my abilities alone. When needed, and only when needed, relied on the counsel of friends, family, many antidepressants and paid professional therapists.
Wounded Soul 2004 –2006
After being confronted with circumstances I truly believed were beyond my control, sought refuge in local Christian church. Read bulletin and listened to the music. Expertly ignored the weekly message and diligently relied on guidance from paid professionals and well-meaning friends instead. Began to feel a familiarity with said church, however, made no commitment to it.
Know-It-All 2006 –2009
Performed all tasks required by single mother of three. Worked to support household, barely. Cleaned only when absolutely necessary. Cooked when I had to. Whined, moaned and cried on a consistent basis to any willing and unwilling ear. Developed a finely honed skill for blaming others for my circumstances. Strived to control every event and dilemma in my family’s life. Achieved the all too common status of well-meaning, pity-inducing, self-destructive Know-It-All.
Believer October 2009 – Eternity
Surrendered. Accepted that my ways had failed. Realized that problems in my life were too big for my mortal hands to fix. Turned everything over to an unfamiliar God, unwillingly. Trusted because there was no other option.
Achievements and Awards:
- Baptism, at infancy
- First Communion
- Accepting Jesus Christ as my savior.
Pretty pathetic, huh? If I were applying for any job in today’s market, I don’t think this would make the grade. My qualifications are far too sketchy. My only long-term commitment is not to commit at all. What an asset I would be! Can you imagine a prospective employer perusing this valuable body of work?
“Wow,” they would say. “Here’s just what we’ve been looking for. A person that has years of minimal experience in every area. No real expertise anywhere, except for messing things up.”
The only way my resume would escape the shredder is if the boss needed a good laugh! This shoddy sum of my life’s experience would never land me a job in the real world. But in the spiritual world, that’s a different story. When God got a glimpse of this, what did He do? Did He laugh at my misguided attempts to be a good person? Did He recount the times He presented challenges in my life and I turned away from Him? Did He rub my nose in my many past failures and sins which I conveniently omitted from the resume? Did He chastise me and scold me with an I Told You So attitude? No, He didn’t. Instead, He hired me.
That’s the beauty of God’s grace. Although my qualifications seem underwhelming at best, I am fully qualified to be a Christian. Now, let’s take a step back for a moment. I know, because of what the bible tells me, that I am accepted by God. I know that Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross. I know that no matter what I do, if I ask for forgiveness, I will receive it. And I know that God loves me. Even though God sees me as fully qualified, based on my lack of experience, I still feel unqualified. And I don’t think I’m alone.