Have you ever thought about what will take place after your life on this earth ceases to exist and you enter the Heavenly realm? Will you just knock and be ushered in the door? Is there a secret password? Is it like a job interview? For me the thought of getting into heaven requiring an interview process causes a little stress in my mind. (I have always had some test anxiety.) Just consider that long list of questions usually asked at a job interview, some of them are difficult to answer, especially if you have not prepared. Here is a list of the Top 10 Job Interview Questions:
1. What is your greatest strength?
2. What is your greatest weakness?
3. How do you handle stress and pressure?
4. Describe a difficult situation and how you overcame it.
5. How do you evaluate success?
6. Why are you leaving your job?
7. Why do you want this position?
8. Why should we hire you (or let you in)?
9. What are your goals for the future?
10. Tell me about yourself.
As I read through these questions, it made me laugh just a little to realize how they really could relate to an entrance interview for Heaven. Do you know the answers to these questions about yourself? Let’s start by taking just one of these questions under consideration, for example: What is your greatest weakness? – Would you say that you work too hard? That you have perfectionist tendencies? Or that you talk too much? Most job interview coaches will tell you to turn your weakness into a positive, for example, “Because I tend to procrastinate, I have learned to work well under pressure in order to always get work done on time.” This is terrible advice and the statement doesn’t demonstrate much about your personal character — beyond revealing your ability to creatively avoid being honest or self-critical.
Forget what anyone has ever taught you about job interviews. I believe if there is an interview when you enter Heaven, Jesus will want to have a real honest conversation with real authentic answers. Maybe He is willing to have that conversation with you today. Maybe we should be challenging ourselves everyday to answer these questions so we are prepared for a life in Eternity. If you lean into the discomfort of these seemingly simple questions and seriously consider their worth, the level of open conversation can be dramatic — we can actually have a great time getting to know ourselves and one another in a very authentic way. Just like an interviewer is trying to “get to know” the applicant in a job interview, I believe Jesus is trying to find out whether we have self-awareness; whether we are able to be critical about our own strengths and weaknesses; whether we want to grow, mature, and change; and most importantly, whether we are able to be honest — when difficult situations arrive.
For those of you who don’t buy into knowing the answers to these questions about yourself, Jesus may spend the majority of the interview trying to pry off your hardened layers of canned responses. You may leave the interview with Him wondering: Who was that? And what’s worse — he’ll never know; because like in a job interview, that person will never get the position.
Here’s the reality: Considering these interview questions is a good personal process, BUT getting this eternal position is really all about who you know, not what you know. God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. — 1 John 5:11-12