LinkedIn, Resumes and Redemption
LinkedIn, Resumes, and Redemption
[see vs 9&10] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.1 Cor 6:11
If you have ever written or read resumes you know there is a fine line between putting your best foot forward, embellishment, and outright deceit. Resumes are a lot like our social media profiles; we curate our “image” to stand out and avoid “file 13.” Few, if any, list references likely to smudge their reputation. But that is exactly what God did to the “resume” of the Savior.
In the days of Jesus, one’s family tree or lineage was their resume. If someone were trying to start a movement they wouldn’t list their crazy uncle or murderous great-grandfather on their “LinkedIn” profile. In those days, they most certainly would not list women in their lineage, particularly if they had a questionable reputation. Women were never allowed to testify in court; they were barely valued beyond their ability to bear children. YET, in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 1, in Jesus’ resume, we find 2 women listed and one referenced: Rahab the prostitute, Ruth the foreigner, and the wife of Uriah (Bathsheba)! Don’t forget there were also several other unsavory men listed whose reputations in Scripture were less than perfect, such as David the murdering adulterer. How do you build a kingdom as the King of Kings with a smudged resume filled with truly broken references? There is no better way! It’s a good thing too or we would all be left out.
This is the daily beauty of God’s gracious redemption. He takes all of us in our brokenness and says, “I love you. I have great plans for you!” Jesus takes murdering, hateful, adulterous idolaters and changes our personal profile to beloved children of the King of Kings, co-heirs with Christ. We are seated in the Heavenlies with Jesus. We have been declared victorious not victims!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:9-10)
When you feel weak or incapable, rejoice with me that God uses the weak to pad Christ’s LinkedIn profile. You have become part of His redeemed legacy of grace and He has spectacular plans and purpose for you!
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.