Do you have your spiritual CV (Curriculum Vitae) up-to-date and ready to flash around? Do you have your spiritual resume embossed in gold and ready for distribution to any significant person you may encounter? Are all your spiritual accomplishments cited, with a section listing the most significant people you know?
Accepted practices in the secular world often have no application in the spiritual realm. Networking to climb the corporate ladder is very common. Introducing yourself to those who may be able to open doors of opportunity for you down the road is a commonly accepted strategy in the world. Creating resumes and writing cover letters to impress prospective employers is just normal business practice. Even name-dropping, if done discreetly may impress the occasional person. But mostly – it is obnoxiously reprehensible.
So, how do you promote yourself spiritually? How do you flash your name around, so doors of spiritual opportunity will open? With whom should you hobnob to embellish your spiritual resume? What bigwigs should you seek-out, interact with and seek to impress with your grasp of deep theological matters?
“John – how did you get such high acclaim? How did you work your way into that position of prominence? What cards did you have to play to get where you are today? What strings did you pull? Who tweaked your resume for you? Tell us about yourself and just how great you are.”
So, they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” John 1:22-23
“What do you mean – you are ‘the voice’? Come on, John – you are much more than a voice! You are a big-gun prophet!”
“No, I am just the voice of one crying out in the wilderness. And when I shout, I’m not shouting about myself. I am pointing to the coming One. It’s not about me, it’s about Him. I’m promoting Christ – not myself.”
“But look at the people flocking to hear you! Look at the people who are repenting. There is a steady stream of people wanting you to baptize them. You even have your own disciples. You could start your own John the Baptist Mega Church in downtown Jerusalem or in the GJA.”
John answered them,”… among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” John 1:26-27
“Look, please get it straight! I am just doing the work I was called to do. Don’t be occupied with the messenger. Hear the message! There is One whom you don’t yet know, but believe me, I am so insignificant I wouldn’t even be worthy to stoop down to undo the strap of the sandals He walks in.”
“Are you saying the crowds will switch over to Him and He’ll be getting all the attention? How do you feel about fading into the background??”
“How do I feel about Christ getting the attention and people turning to Him and praising Him and leaving all to follow Him? My greatest joy is seeing people turn to Him. That’s what it’s all about!”
“… this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:29-30
Are you trying to promote yourself?
Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.
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