In life, it’s easy to get caught up in our accomplishments — academic and otherwise — and the belief that they accumulate to entitle us to something in life. Perhaps this belief comes from an earlier generation in which a college degree was sufficient to start a career. Study hard, get that sheepskin, get a job, have a happy life. I know that’s the recipe for success that was instilled in me from an early age. Unfortunately, my generation has learned that it is not so simple or formulaic.
In his letter to the Philippians, Paul makes a profound point.
We put no confidence in human effort, though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. …I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~ Philippians 3:3-7, 14
What I take from this revelation is this: Forget your resume. The things you do on your own are worthless. Instead build your relationship with Christ like an apprentice to a master. When it comes time for a reference, when a job needs to be done, when a position needs to be filled in His kingdom, you will be in the running because he knows you and your work. Also keep in mind that if you seem to be passed over for the jobs you want, he may be saving a special task for you, or you may even be doing it already.