And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles. 1 Timothy 2:7 (NIV).
Do you have a resume? Do you keep yours up to date? In the last few years, I’ve been out of work 3 times. And I learned things have changed since 2001: the last time I earnestly sought a new job. Monster and Dice are still around, but now most tech employers use Indeed and LinkedIn. I found that looking for a job was less about who I was as a person and more about the raw skills I possess.
As a tech worker, I’ve learned to keep my resume up to date. Most times I use a 2-page format, and no more than 2-3 bullets per employer. Some head hunters say to only go back a decade, but I keep all my skills on it, going back to 1986; some of my most important work was back then. And my resume shows only what I consider most important, only the things that talk about what I can do AND who I am.
Today’s verse is Paul’s resume. It testifies to his bona fides. After talking about Christ being the one and only mediator, and after spending the first part of this letter talking about Christ’s grace, Paul goes to the subject of his qualifications to teach the ‘un-churched.’ In several of his letters, Paul discusses his calling as an apostle, that it came from Jesus Himself. That mattered to the first-century church because that group was being pulled in many directions. The original 11 apostles had known and walked with Jesus. He established their resumes. Now came this man Paul, who had been a famous Pharisee known for persecuting these new followers of “The Way” (as the church was then called).
What’s more, this Paul wasn’t teaching only the Jews, as most of the Apostles and Jewish rabbis did. No, Paul was speaking about this Jesus to non-Jews: to non-Jewish people all over the Roman empire. Everywhere he went, Paul testified that Jesus was the authority to whom Paul gave all credit and from whom Paul had received his calling.
Paul kept up his resume. You can read it in the twelve books he wrote in the New Testament. You and I have similar credentials. God gives us skills to work and talents to advertise, both for His advancement and ours. He places us in situations to do or prepare us for work He has in mind. The next time you update your resume, consider your skills and how God would use them – and you – at an employer. I wonder what that would look like on LinkedIn.
For further reading: Romans 9:1, 2 Timothy 1:11, Acts 9:15, 1 Timothy 2:8
Lord, thank You for establishing Paul’s resume. And for giving me the skills you want me to have for You in the world today.