I interviewed for a job last week.
The most daunting task on the entire schedule? The candidates were assigned a topic for a 30 minute presentation. All members of the university family were invited…students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The auditorium would be filled with people.
The presentation would be fun. What followed was the interesting part. There would be an additional 90 minutes of a question and answer period. Any audience member could come forward and ask questions of the candidates. The comments did not have to relate directly to the presentation- but could focus on any aspect of the candidate’s career, background or thoughts on issues of the day.
I asked a few trusted mentors how to approach this portion of the interview. They provided some advice, but basically told me that there was no real way to get ready.
One even remarked, “there will be a time during this process that you’ll feel so vulnerable and exposed…sort of like standing in public with nothing on but your underwear.”
He meant that when we subject ourselves to public scrutiny- there’s risk involved. You might get asked a question or to comment on something that you normally wouldn’t discuss. It’s the ultimate in transparency.
It wasn’t all that bad, as it turns out.
What if we approached our relationship with Jesus with the same view?
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4
Think about it.
Jesus knows everything about us. Every thought, every word, every action.
I rarely think about that.
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Even though He knows all our flaws- He loves us anyway.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
We have unconditional love and support from our Savior. We need to let go of our fears and relentlessly pursue a relationship with Him.
He’ll never leave us feeling bare or exposed.
Please pray for me to seek the relationship with Jesus that He desires and deserves.
And let me know how to pray for you.