3 Simple Questions

When a person decides to find a job, they need to be prepared for three questions that most interviewers are likely to ask.
1. Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years ?
This is a question that most people are inclined to sidestep if possible. The reason being is that it requires us to think and plan ahead. Often times we are not willing to put ourselves in a position that could compromise our ability to change our minds at some point down the road. When it comes to our occupation we can change our minds somewhere down the path of life and it may not affect us very much.

However, as a Christian, this is a very relevant question. Where do you see yourself 5 to 10 years from now ? Will you be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ? (2 Peter 3: 17, 18) Will you be serving God with the same zeal and love you started with ? (Revelation 2: 4, 5) Will you stay the course and run the race with endurance ? (Heb 12: 1) A change of mind concerning our Christian faith can lead to spiritual death. (John 6: 68, 69)

2. What are your strengths ?
When an interviewer asks this question, we usually don’t have much difficulty with this one. We have a chance to talk about ourselves because someone has asked and is listening intently.  We need to be careful that we don’t exaggerate our strengths because we may be expected to live up to them. On the other hand, we do need to acknowledge our strengths. When we acknowledge that we have strengths (talents or abilities) then we also understand our responsibilities of using those talents or abilities. God has given everyone in His kingdom some talents and expects us to utilize them to the best of our abilities. (Matt 25: 14-30 / Luke 19: 11-27)
3. What are your weaknesses ?
Well it’s easy to see the faults in others, but not always easy to see them in ourselves. In our society today it is popular to pass the blame for our weaknesses to some other reason other than a lack of self control and accepting the consequences for our actions. There are talk shows, therapists, and books that will convince us that we are “victims” and as such have no control over our behavior. What does the Bible teach concerning controlling our behavior. Let’s look at the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4: 1-6. Cain was angry because God did not respect his offering. God then tells Cain “if you do well, will you not be accepted? He also tells Cain “that sin has it’s desire for him, but that he should rule over it.” If we have no control over our behavior why would God tell Cain to “rule over sin.”

There are no examples in the Bible where God accepted excuses for the sins committed by man.
Look at the story of Saul when he returned from defeating the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15. He was told to utterly destroy not only the people, but also the animals. In verse 14 Samuel asks, “what is this bleating of sheep and the sound of oxen.” If Saul had obeyed the word of God, there would be no sound of animals. Look at the excuse that Saul offers, “for the people brought them back to offer as a sacrifice to the Lord. Samuels response is seen in verses 17-23.

Other examples in the Bible include the story of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10:1-3 and the account of Moses in Numbers 20: 12.

Overcoming our weaknesses is not necessarily an easy task, but it can be done. It starts with the realization that we are all going to give account of ourselves before God some day (2 Cor 5: 9,10).  When one obeys the word of God and becomes a Christian, their sins have been forgiven. The Bible also teaches us that we must discipline ourselves to work on overcoming our weaknesses. Observe what Paul wrote “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor 7:1).

One way to help with this is to “make no provision for sin.” In other words, avoid the things that we know may cause us to stumble, whether it be TV, the computer, friends, or places we used to hang out.  When Paul said to make no provision for the flesh (sin) in   Romans 13: 14, the word provision implies “make no opportunities “ for the flesh to fulfill its lust. When we keep ourselves busy doing good things, we leave ourselves little time for temptation and sin.

by  Mike Freese