Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Who Jesus Chose

If you haven't read the comments to the post below, make sure you do. They are very interesting. The acknowledgement that we cannot spend equal time with everyone is a good one. Jesus chose to pour himself into a few. But the notion that some people are eights and nines and more worthy of our time than the twos or threes is, as the commenter says, "Hogwash". It brought to mind this letter that leadership consultants would probably have sent to Jesus if they had been asked for advice.

To: Jesus, Son of Joseph
Woodcrafter's Carpenter Shop
Nazareth 25922

From: Jordan Management Consultants

Dear Sir:

Thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for managerial positions in your new organization. All of them have now taken our battery of tests; and we have not only run the results through our computer, but also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologist and vocational aptitude consultant.

The profiles of all tests are included, and you will want to study each of them carefully.

As part of our service, we make some general comments for your guidance, much as an auditor will include some general statements. This is given as a result of staff consultation, and comes without any additional fee.

It is the staff opinion that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. They do not have the team concept. We would recommend that you continue your search for persons of experience in managerial ability and proven capability.

Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership. The two brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would tend to undermine morale. We feel that it is our duty to tell you that Matthew had been blacklisted by the Greater Jerusalem Better Business Bureau; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus definitely have radical leanings, and they both registered a high score on the manic-depressive scale.

One of the candidates, however, shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, meets people well, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious, and responsible. We recommend Judas Iscariot as your controller and right-hand man. All of the other profiles are self-explanatory.

We wish you every success in your new venture.


Jordan Management Consultants


Anonymous said...

Finding leaders and potential in the most unusual and unexpected place. Now that is what Jesus is all about. I just think of I Cor. 1 at the end of the chapter where it tells us that God intentionally chose the weak things, the lowly, the foolish to shame the wise. So that God would be glorified and not man. Some amazing stuff.
To change the phrase maybe we are looking for leadership in all the wrong places.

Paul said...

Ha. That's pretty funny about Judas...

kym said...

Interesting and humorous. I'm glad Jesus doesn't value us the same way we tend to value each other.