Are you qualified?

“Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?” Matthew 21:23

imageThe Jews asked Jesus what made him an expert in the field of preaching, healing, teaching. He had no signed diplomas or certificates—just a humble beginning in a manger and a job description from his Father.

Some times having too many credentials hinders getting a job. During the recessions, many people were passed by because they were overqualified for the position. Employers feared that after investing time and money in training the new employee, they would jump ship if a better job came along.

I’m grateful that when I’ve signed a contract for a speaking engagement or approached a publisher about taking me on as an author, I’ve never been asked for my credentials. I have none– just a heart for ministry, ears that heard the call, and a bunch of old pay stubs from 20-plus years serving in a church office.

Dear Lord, thank you for the opportunity to serve you without a handful of degrees and certifications. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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