Have you ever felt timid around someone with a higher education or social status? Even without them boasting of their educational accomplishment, there have been times I felt inadequate around other church leaders that hold college degrees. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparison. For me, completing a three-year ministry school has been my highest academic achievement. Despite my lack of formal college education God has continuously allowed me to teach others about Him. I believe in higher education but I place my faith in God and His word first.
Acts 4 tells us of the opposition the Apostles Peter and John faced by the Sanhedrin for sharing the gospel message and the miraculous healing of a lame man. The reaction of the highly educated elite religious leaders is recorded in Acts 4:13; When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
This verse is encouraging to me as a reminder that it does not require a degree in theology to do God’s work just an obedient heart. If you are facing a time of uncertainty, spending time with Jesus may be what is needed to boldly face the challenge. One way to spend time with Jesus is reading the Bible. A college degree can be useful but knowing scripture is far more beneficial. After all, history is full of unschooled, ordinary people God used to accomplish His work.
Rev. Burt Schwab