Unlearned and Ignorant

‘…when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus. Seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.’

Acts 4:13-14 (WEB)

I sometimes feel embarrassed and inadequate when I think of my patchy schooling and lack of formal qualifications. This is particularly acute when I compare myself to my father, the professor, my sister, the paediatrician, and my husband, the deputy chief examiner. This morning, as I listened to the above from the book of Acts, God tapped me on the shoulder.

“I don’t need a piece of paper to certify your readiness; I just need your heart.” He seemed to say.

Don’t get me wrong, qualifications are perfectly laudable in their own right. I have admiration and respect for academia (and a smidgen of envy that will probably never go away). God just needed me to know that qualifications, or lack of qualifications, don’t make me any more or less useful to Him. But it does make me wonder what will happen in the future.