I’m an academic failure…
In my family I’m the only person who hasn’t been prefect at school, or graduated with higher honours… I haven’t even been to university… I could look back on my life and on an Academic level I am a failure.
And do you know what?
I’m very very cool with that.
Mainly it’s because I’m a BIG fan of the book of Acts in the Bible… and I’m especially a big fan of Peter.
People saw Peter as a failure.
In Act’s 4:13 it says:
The members were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John for they could see that they were ordinary men, who had no special training
In Greek when it says they were unschooled… or idiots.
So in other words others recognized these men as IDIOTS… unschooled idiots.
I like that… I can relate to that… I’m happy to be looked at as an unschooled idiot…
Later in the verse it says that people recognized “that they had been with Jesus.”side note: Jesus wouldn’t even make it as a head of a church… he had no training… he wasn’t married and he was against the religious leaders at the time… so how much can we back our own judgement based on that???
I would much rather be seen as someone who “has been with Jesus” – rather than someone who has just studied Jesus…
You see reading the scriptures and applying them to your life is so much more powerful than just knowing the words of the scriptures.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
To those who have been told that you are not qualified to make comment…
To those people who feel like they don’t have an opinion because they have been told that are not educated enough…
You DO NOT need more education… In saying that I’m not saying stop read the scriptures or listening to the advice of others. Continue to learn… The famous thinker Socrates once said “I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.”
You DO NOT need more training… most of us are qualified well above our obedience.
God is looking for GUTS… God wants people who have been with Jesus.
Noah… no boat building training… saved his family from the flood
Gideon… the smallest, defeated an army with just Jugs and horns.
So make the decision…. are you going to listen what other people say about you?
Or are you going to listen to what GOD has placed on your heart?
YOU DO NOT NEED MORE TRAINING… you need more obedience.