Job Hunting

My friend laughed at me when I told her this.

1 Timothy 3:1-13

Reference: Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, (1 Timothy 3:2 NIV)

Explore: I recently went for an informal interview for a new job. I thought it went quite well as I was telling my friend about it later in the week.

My philosophy in these types of situations is to be overly honest. There’s no point someone employing me when I’m not exactly what they want. It just leads to their disappointment and me feeling unfulfilled.

At one point I questioned my interviewers on who they were looking for. I wondered if the role would be better suited to someone with a degree that I don’t hold. But they explained well why they would appreciate someone with my skill set instead.

My friend laughed at me when I told her this. “It sounds like you were trying to talk them out of employing you, rather than give you the job.” I agreed, and explained that I’d rather they get the right person rather than a poor fit.

Application: Paul gives some pretty clear guidelines as to the prerequisites of someone in church leadership. As I read through them I thought that it would be pretty easy to talk yourself out of that job too.

However, really we should all strive to hold such characteristics of integrity. You don’t have to be a church leader to be faithful to your spouse, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable…

I certainly believe that there are personalities and characters that suit some jobs better than others, but I also think that we are ALL called to be people of love and integrity when it comes to following Christ.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for blessing us all with different gifts and abilities. May we strive to build them as well as developing a character worthy of representing You here on earth. Amen.

What characteristic has helped you in every situation, from work to home?

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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.