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