verse 13: When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.
We hear a lot about God using ordinary people to do His work here on earth. Most of us are pretty ordinary. There are a few who choose to become further trained and educated In religion to be leaders and teachers. But for most of us, our knowledge of God comes from our own experience of Him in our lives, and from the Bible. Our witness to others is our own personal experience of God in our lives. We don’t need formal education for that. When I read something in the Bible which resonates with me and pulls me toward God, I know I am moving in the right direction. I don’t need special training for that. Jesus taught his disciples while walking along dusty dirty roads and sitting in fields and on hillsides. There were no special studies involved. We are all enough, with God.
Holy one, you take all comers, just as we are. We only need to accept you. You will show us the way. May we have the faith to trust you. We know you will move us forward, drawing us closer. Amen