Process or Answer? (John 11:25-27)

Many people have been asked oddball questions during their job interviews. One interesting example involved an interview at Amazon.com. The applicant interviewed with then CEO and founder, Jeff Bezos. Bezos said he would ask him two questions, the first was a brainteaser. “I’ll do the math,” Bezos said. “I want you to estimate the number of panes of glass in the city of Seattle.”

The applicant was astute enough to realize that Bezos was more interested in his problem solving abilities, breaking down a complex problem into manageable segments. His answer closely matched Bezos, and he was hired. 

Source: CNBC.com

It was an excellent example of how the actual answer may be less important than the process. Many of us have taken classes in which we are asked to show our work as we attempt to solve the problem. Even if we don’t arrive at the correct answer, if our approach is correct, we may receive partial credit. What about our salvation? Do we receive partial credit if we are able to provide an earnest rationalization for how we live our lives?

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

“Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who comes into the world.” 

John 11:25-27 (CSB)

When Jesus Christ posed this question to his dear friend, Martha, He was not seeking to understand her rationalization or reasoning. He was seeking a definitive answer. For challenging questions on job interviews, the process may be just as important as the final answer. For our salvation and eternal destiny, we may believe the same principle applies. Surely if we have treated others kindly, performed charitable works, even donated money to worthy causes, this should mean something? If we did all of these activities and showed God what we did with our lives, wouldn’t that count for something? These are all noble actions but salvation does not depend upon a process of works, it is only received with one correct answer.

Will you confess and repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

This is the process and the answer.

Amen.

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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