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Finally!  My first real credential; a Diploma of Theology from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies.  After 11 years of being a part-time student in 4 schools in three states has paid off.  Mind you, I nearly have enough credit hours accumulated for a Bachelor’s degree, but to have something “official” to hang on my wall is quite a treat while I make plans for B.A. and then M.Div. degrees.


With this credential comes a great sense of achievement, but also a wonderful feeling of recognition.  Awards and rewards are things that bring one a great sense of confidence and strong self-esteem.  I can finally say, “I achieved my Diploma” and do so with that sense of finality for which I have longed for what seems like an eternity.  Now, I’m a ‘somebody’ that has done something.


Yea, right.


Actually, I am relieved and proud to have achieved this honor.  Leland is an amazing school that I am honored to have been part of to this point.  My diploma is recognition for hard work.  However, there are far more important things that need to occupy my mind.


Thank God that we don’t need degrees, awards or rewards in order to please him.


The only credential we need before our Lord is a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in our hearts.  It is God who justifies, sanctifies and commissions us as servants in His kingdom work. 


“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”  Romans 5:1-2, NIV


You and I are held dearly in the loving arms of the Lord and it is because of this love that He has for us that we can stand among those counted as righteous.  We do this not for our own recognition or for any purpose that would draw attention away from him and onto us.  But know this, when you know that you have a stamp of approval placed upon your life from the true living God, you can walk in confidence and security.


Being recognized for an achievement is a pretty neat thing that I do enjoy.  Being counted as worthy to receive His love and grace from none other than God himself is a recognition that is far greater than any certificate I could ever dream to hang on my wall. 


My true reward is God’s autograph written on my heart! 

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Love of God

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