Have you read some online resumes lately?
The applicants sound like they walk on water.
By the time they're 25, they have a Master's degree and a PhD, with work experience since kindergarten.
And let's not overlook the myriad of tech certificates that make them eligible for the most exciting jobs out there.
Have you ever read a resume that included a person's failures?
Of course not. That would be suicide.
Everybody wants to appear perfect.
Some people want it so badly they're willing to lie and cheat to look that way.
In today's competitive job market, unless you dazzle and out-perform your competitors, you could end up boiling bagels for your uncle Bernie.
In case you're thinking this is only true for recent college graduates seeking employment, the truth is all of us have been putting our best foot forward.
Yet you and I know we can't be perfect, but we try to give that impression anyway. We labor for a verdict of approval from all who matter to us in life.
Except there's a huge problem with that.
Our mothers might give us high marks because they love us no matter what, but if we look to God, who is the ultimate approval giver, his verdict is not so good.
In fact the verdict stinks.
"None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." – Romans 3:10-12 ESV
We're in deep weeds and no amount of charitable deeds or glowing reports are going to convince God otherwise.
We hear much about accepting one another and even more about accepting ourselves, but for real and lasting approval, the kind that doesn't change with the political climate or our self-image, we have to look outside of ourselves.
And that leads us to a Person. His name is Y'shua (Jesus).
He was the only One who lived a perfect life in our place and then died to pay for our sins.
So if we want God's approval it only comes through His Son.
And when we receive Y'shua, God gives us his perfect record, and we receive God's warm embrace.
Think about it: instead of having your resume speak for you, let Y'shua define who you are.
"Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God…" – Psalm 146:5 NKJV
I don't know about you, but that sounds like a winning deal to me.
Ready to compose a new resume?