At the moment we are inundated with cheesy romantic Christmas films. So I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and tell a little story that is a very common scenario in our modern, materialistic world.
Girl Meets Two Boys
Picture a beautiful girl, who loves The Lord and has been praying for a husband for years. Out of the blue she is asked out by two guys. One is a handsome surgeon who comes from a long line of professionals. While it’s true that his relationship with God is a bit on the shaky side, he attends church regularly. He doesn’t get involved in Church in any way though – his schedule doesn’t allow it, and he rarely tells people he works with that he’s a Christian, unless he’s directly asked. But on the upside, he owns his own house on the ‘right’ side of town and is about to go into private practice.
The other man isn’t quite as good looking as the doctor. He is a factory worker who left school at 16 with no qualifications but he worked his way up through the factory until he became floor supervisor, because he’s popular with his work colleagues and management- though still he doesn’t earn much. He comes from a ‘broken home’ and both of his brothers are drug addicts. This guy is completely sold out for Jesus. He is very involved in his church, leads worship and heads up a drugs outreach programme.
The girl’s family and friends want her to pick the doctor, especially her parents. But her heart gravitates to the other man because she sees in him whatever it was that his employers saw that caused them to promote him. She sees his caring heart that has enabled God to use him to reach out to addicts rather than become bitter about his brothers. And most of all she sees his passion for God, expressed in the beautiful worship songs that he writes.
God doesn’t look at the outward appearance
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
In almost all modern society, an excellent C.V. and good qualifications is important when you’re looking for a job. We encourage our children to work hard at school and get the best qualifications to set them up for a good future.
Not that that’s a bad thing – in fact it’s good, if you have the opportunities available to you to learn and expand ones education, even later in life.
But we can easily forget that when it comes to The Kingdom of God, God isn’t impressed with our earthly C.V. and qualifications. What matters to Him is the condition of our hearts.
God Looks for Faithfulness
Whatever you do in life, wether you are the CEO of a huge corporation or a cleaner, God requires you to be faithful in that.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
The Only C.V. That Really Matters
Whoever you are reading this today, and whatever you do in your day-to-day life, remember that it’s God who qualifies and commissions you. You are required to just be His ambassador right where you are.
If you have a great looking CV, well done – it takes dedication and hard work to acquire that.
But if you don’t, because of your life circumstances, don’t ever buy into the lie that you are under qualified, or in any way ‘less than’.
Our God is in the ‘hearts business.’ It’s your heart he’s interested in. That’s where your REAL CV is written.
1 Corinthians 1:26–29
“consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God”.
Immerse yourself and stay grounded in God’s Word – Proverbs 7:1–3 exhorts is to “write them (God’s words) on the tablet of your heart.”
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”