The Record Speaks for Itself

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Romans 15:14-21

I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me. (v. 18)

A recent article in Time magazine asserted that about one-third of all resumes submitted in job applications contain inaccuracies. We’re even trained to write a resume that way: Brag yourself up, make yourself shine, be sure your resume stands out from the rest.

As Paul stands before his “employer,” Jesus Christ, however, he refuses to puff himself up. He has every reason to boast, of course, about the number of people he has brought to the Lord and the number of churches he has started (cf. v. 17). But he wants the record to speak for itself and to give credit where credit is due – to Jesus Christ and his Spirit working through him.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul had felt forced to list his apostolic credentials (see 2 Corinthians 11:21 – 12:10). Two things stand out there: how much he suffered for Christ, and how weak he felt in himself (but how strong in Jesus).

Honesty is the best policy when we stand before God, because we cannot fool him anyway. He knows the deep secrets of our hearts, yet he accepts us as we are. And in human relations, honesty is likewise the best policy.


Dear God, thank you for accepting me as I am. Let me serve you in the strength you provide. Amen.