These men had been with Jesus

Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 1:1-53, Acts 4:1-37, Psalm 124:1-8, Proverbs 16:24

Peter and John were ordinary people who lacked special training in the scriptures.

13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say.

Yet the members of the council recognized them as having authority because they “had been with Jesus.” So they connected the dots to the extent that they saw the connection to Jesus, but they did not consider that Jesus had been teaching them for three years. How often do I dismiss other people’s comments because of their credentials. In my job at a university, it is all about credentials. If you don’t have a Ph.D., we don’t have much time for what you have to say. How often do I overlook a student’s comment that might lead to a wonderful discovery? How often do I dismiss the social or emotional comments of others simply because they don’t have the same number of academic degrees as me?

I think it is time for me to start listening without the Ph.D. filter!


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