Dr. Warren Smith, my professor of Church History, spoke this truth to us just after midterms this year.
I do not know of a Duke graduate who was denied ordination because he got a 3.0 rather than a 3.8. I do however know certain Duke honor graduates who were denied ordination because they came across as too arrogant.
Your grades are not a test, not a measure of your spirituality, not a measure of your calling, not a measure of whether you are fit for ministry.
When you ascend and come before the throne of judgment, our Lord is not gonna ask “What’d you make on the CH 13 final?” But he well may ask, “Did you do it for my glory or for your pride?” He may say, “Did you do it to honor the gifts I gave you or did you do just enough to squeak by?”
That’s the real question.
After he spoke there were shouts of Amen by some and faces of silent conviction by others. We all needed this reminder and I’ll continue to think about it as exam time approaches.