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"Honesty in a Job"

August 27, 2008

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The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

Employers are saying tough economic times have brought about an increase in job applications.

Some of those applicants are getting creative - - at times overly so - - when they hand in their resumes.

According to CareerBuilder magazine, some of those resumes qualify as great works of fiction. For example, one applicant claimed to be part of the Kennedy family; another said he had graduated from a school that doesn't exist.

There was one candidate who handed in his application with someone else's picture, while one job seeker offered a sample of his work. Unfortunately, for him the work he had plagiarized was stolen from the person who was doing the interview.

My favorite resume exaggeration was submitted by a person who claimed to have been in the military before he was even born!

Having read these tall tales, I was pleased to remember Jesus never lied about who He was or the work He had been sent to do.

It was work that He alone could do.

Jesus could have entered this world as a King, but He was born in a stable. He could have lived in a palace and been waited on by servants, but He preferred to serve others. He could have lived for Himself, but He chose to let Himself be sacrificed so sinners might be forgiven of their sins and saved.

His was a job for which you and I could never have applied.

His was work for which our sins had completely disqualified us.

His was a job which has saved us from Satan and sin.

That the Christ did all that was needed to rescue us now gives us the opportunity to apply for the job of being grateful worshipers.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus receive my recognition for carrying my sins and saving my soul. Thank You for doing all that was necessary to rescue me. In Your Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 4-6    2 Corinthians 1

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