God’s Word for Today: Qualifications
Luke 18: 10-13. “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
When was the last time you went through the rigors of employment seeking? It used to be fairly simple. You scanned through the Help Wanted Ads in the local newspaper. You highlighted the ones that interested you, made a list, and started making phone calls. Then, if you spoke the right words, you were invited in for an interview where you presented your resume (in person) and discussed employment possibilities. Life was pretty good.
Now, we have a whole new monster of protocol. You go online. You are more efficient this way. You sign up for all the different Job Search providers there are out there. Help Wanted ads come flying in. They even include complete job descriptions and possible pay scale. All the information you need is right there. All preliminary questions are answered. Life is good.
Your resume is on your computer. Your Cover Letter including references is polished up and ready to share. You find the jobs you desire. A few clicks and all your information is magically transmitted to the companies HR office. You crank out 20 or 30 applications in one day. Simply “send”, receive a confirmation email, then sit back and wait for the flood of replies requesting an interview. Life is still good.
This is where today’s word comes in. Qualifications is huge. Emails begin to trickle back. Some companies within 24 hours. Some a few weeks. And some, never. Life is not quite as good.
Instead of a flood appointment requests, you receive a stream of rejection emails. Someone, somewhere, wrote the perfect rejection email and it was mass produced by every HR department in the world. Simply put, it says, “Thanks but no thanks”, other people have better qualifications than you, try again, good bye”. Life getting not good.
The sad part is, not one person has even looked at your resume and cover letter. A computer scanned your information searching for keywords that had been coded in. If your life did not accumulate a certain amount of check marks, or if one little slight signals a thumbs down, the computer automatically sends out the rejection letter. You, your past life, your present optimism, and your future hopes are all conveniently discarded into the Trash Bin. Life not good.
It is then necessary to pay someone to rewrite your life so it conveniently fits into a computer’s data base. Job applications are no longer a selection process, they are an elimination process. Elimination hurts. Life hurts.
God has a different plan. He created a one-man Human Resource department. Jesus runs the show. Jesus paid His life for the position. He earned the ultimate HR designation. Life might be OK.
Today, know that no matter how screwed up and disastrous your life has been. No matter how many times you have jumped off the cliff of trying to be good, Jesus will never reject you. You at any moment and any time can give Him a call. He will listen. He will answer your questions. He will accept your qualifications. But first, you have to make that call to Him called prayer. Life is back to good……….
Prayer: Dear God, the ultimate employer of my life. Thank you for always having the time to review my application. Forgive me for those times I might have thought I was more qualified than my fellow man. Or the times I feel that I am not qualified at all. Help me today. Accept me today. Have Mercy on me a sinner. In Jesus’, who loves all of my qualifications, even the lack there of, name I pray. Amen and amen.