Paul’s writing in the New Testament pulls no punches. And his brutal honesty about his own shortcomings and colored past serve as encouragement for us all. We DON’T need to have it all together to be effective in building the Kingdom of God.
A well-written resume proves nothing more definitively than one’s ability to write a good resume. In the same regard, a list of one’s faith activities and experiences does not prove spiritual maturity. If you have to defend it, there’s probably room to grow.
Living an integrated life – where our faith, and work, and all of life align – means owning the imperfections. Don’t beat yourself up, but don’t pull any punches either. Spiritual maturity begins with self-awareness. It needs no resume.
Our job is to strive to live out the character of Christ. So we don’t need to announce our good deeds with trumpets, as Christ reminds us in Matthew 6. Spiritual maturity means resting in the fact that God knows. And when He is the source of our value, we need no resume to prove our worth.