Interviews are painful. I get nervous. Sweaty palms. Dry throat. Beating heart. I wear my best clothes. Wanting to impress. Hoping I’m not overdressed or underdressed.
I prepare for each interview. I study the company’s website, trying to familiarize myself with their business. I review my resume so I can respond to their questions about my work history. I read and re-read the job description, so I can be prepared to discuss how my experience and qualifications would match the position they’re looking to fill. I even study interview questions and prepare my answers ahead of time. I think of questions to ask a potential employer. Oh. I want to be prepared.
Days before the interview, I’ll drive by the office. I don’t want to be surprised to learn on the interview day about unexpected construction delays or street closures. I want to be prepared. I want to be familiar with my surroundings.
Multiple interviews in one day. Multiple people in the interview. Taking turns asking questions. Feeling me out. Would I be a good fit? Do I pass the test? Am I the right person for the job?
They see my qualifications. They read my resume. Would I fit in their organization?
It seems that I get tripped up by at least one question in every interview. I walk away feeling like a failure. Wanting to kick myself. Thinking that’s the only question the interviewer will focus on. Because it’s for sure the only one I can remember.
Sometimes I get called for a second or third interview. I’ve even had to complete fake assignments while at the interview. They’re testing me. Can I really perform the job? Am I telling the truth? Do my actions match my words?
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ, is calling us. Philippians 3:14
I’m in training right now for the interview of a lifetime. Oh. It’s not really an interview. It’s a judgment. One day I’ll stand in front of God my Maker. My Heavenly Father. My Creator. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Every day is a test. Really. It’s moment by moment. I’ve made the decision to be a follower of Christ. So the question is this. Do I live like a follower of Christ? Do my actions, my words, my thoughts reflect the attitude of Christ?
When my heart beats for the last time and I stand before God, will I pass the final test? What will my judgment be? Oh. I’m not good enough. But I try. I do my best. I mean well. I study the Bible. I pray. I try to be kind. and patient. I try to show God’s love to others. I tithe. I give offerings to needy causes. But am I doing all that God requires of me?
Some days, all I can think of is that one sin. Why did I say those words to her? Why did I have such a bad attitude? Why did I eat like a glutton? Why can’t I just be perfect?
There is one I will stand in front of one day. He has seen all I have done. He has heard every word I’ve spoken. He’s known my unspoken thoughts. He reads my intentions. He won’t have to ask any questions about my performance. He will already know. He will be my judge.
Will he offer eternal life or cast me to the depths of hell?
Have I repented of my sins? Have I prepared for the big day? Oh. I know I need to be prepared. The results are for eternity.