I Know A Lot

Jarrid Wilson  —  March 25, 2013 — 13 Comments

The other day I was studying at a local coffee shop, when two people sat down beside me and proceeded to engage in a job interview. Their conversation began to catch my attention, but all I could pick up was that the job had something to do with pharmaceutical sales. But I guess that’s besides the point.

Not only was the guy who was interviewing wearing ripped jeans, sandals and a tank top, but he was texting on his phone nearly half of the interview.

Now see, most of you are wondering where this post is going, but I promise you I have a point. I don’t mean to judge the guy by what he was wearing, but you’d figure he’d dress for the occasion, especially for a “pharmaceutical sales position.”

Anyways, the part that really got my attention was when the lady offering the position asked one simple question:

“Why do you think you’d be a good fit for the job?

STOP

Most of us love this question because it gives us the opportunity to brag about ourselves. Most of us would have answers like:

  • “I’m a hard-working person with an outgoing personality.”
  • “I absolutely love working with people, and I think my personality and drive would fit wonderfully with your company’s expectations.”
  • “I feel that my work-ethic, diligence and previous work experience makes me a wonderful candidate for what your company is looking for.”

But this guy didn’t say anything close to those examples. His response went something along the lines of this:

“I’d be a good fit for the job because I know a lot about different stuff”.

The lady giving him the interview stopped and gave him a blank and puzzled stare, while I sat on the sidelines trying not to laugh. All jokes put aside, this guy was being dead serious.

I wasn’t laughing because this guy totally bombed his job interview, but because I realized how many people act the same way in referring to their stature as a Christian.

I began to realize how many people base their stature and standing as a Christian, based on how much scripture they know, or how long they’ve attended school.

Now don’t get me wrong, I myself am enrolled in bible college and know my fair share of scripture. But to base my entire foundation as Christian off knowledge is purely shallow and prideful.

God is looking for more than knowledge. He is looking for a relationship.

Just because you “know about Jesus” doesn’t mean you “Know Jesus.”

John 3:30 - He must increase, I must decrease.

- Jarrid Wilson

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13 responses to I Know A Lot

  1. What a great post!!!! Sharing now!!!

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  3. Jarrid,
    I love it when God connects me with people who “get” that’s all about the relationship. You are one of those people.
    “It’s all in the choice. It’s all about the relationship.” (In fact those 2 statements are a tagline for my book cover in progress.)
    I know people are missing out – even Believers – on what kind of friendship they can have with Jesus. And no, I don’t “know” that from my studies. ;)
    Live Blessed brother,
    Heather
    40YearWanderer.com

  4. this post just freak me out! I`ve just thinking on t, knowing verses from the Bible don´t make you a christian but putting them into practice! mind breaker!

  5. For being only 16, you are learning so much! Proud of you.

  6. Wow! I really enjoyed reading this post, Jarrid.

    I think that so many Christians get involved in the knowledge or rituals instead of the relationship. The reality is that God wants an authentic relationship with us. He doesn’t necessarily want quantity time, but God desires quality time from us.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  7. Faith comes from hearing (and reading) the Bible. But what moves are all our prayers. And a prayer with faith is what moves the heart of God. Therefore it is not enough to just read the bible, or just praying, fasting or feathers, or just go to church. You must live it all together, so we can walk with Jesus and be intimate with Him.

    Peace!

  8. This post is so true. I’ve been in places in my walk before where it was based off of knowledge and I look back at that now and realize just how prideful and false that was. Now days, who you know (Jesus) and how you walk are far more important to me than what you know. I still have times where I start to slide back into a knowledge based faith, but God has been faithful in keeping my gaze on Him recently. Great post!

    Also, that dude definitely didn’t get the job.

  9. This reminds me of that quote “I can’t brag about my love for God because I fail him daily, but I can brag about His love for me because it never fails.” The coolest (and most brag-worthy) part of my relationship with God isn’t how often I read the Bible or how many good deeds I’ve done. It’s how many times I fail God, and He takes me back every time. Anything I could do pales in comparison to what Jesus has done for me.

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