They could make or break your job application.
Reference: But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. (Acts 9:27 NIV)
Explore: When applying for a new job, most interviewers will ask for a reference. This is someone who knows you and your work ethic well enough to tell a potential future employer what you are like to work with.
It’s very important to choose your referee carefully. They could make or break your job application.
It’s one thing to list your own accomplishments, but when someone else speaks for you it can carry a lot more weight.
Application: It’s always nice to have someone who can back us up and speak for us. Even the great evangelist Saul (before he was Paul) needed an advocate.
Saul had been a part of so much destruction for the Christians in the early church that even after he was converted to follow Jesus, the Christians were still afraid of him. Barnabas came to the apostles and spoke for him, therefore bridging the gap which led to them accepting Saul.
It’s such a great feeling to know that someone believes in us, but maybe we need to speak up for those we believe in too. Let’s not sit back and wait for someone to be our advocate, there’s always someone who needs us to be their support.
Prayer: Lord, help us to look out for others. May we show love and support to those around us, as we never know when our words of encouragement may be exactly what someone needs to hear. Amen.
Who could you stand up for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.