The Call of God
Post date: Sep 2, 2010 9:35:55 PM
I was reading about the prophet Amos this morning from the small Old Testament book that bears his name. It is a brief book filled with vivid imagery and judgment. At the heart of the book is a confrontation between Amos and the King of Israel, Jeroboam.
Amos preached a word of judgment to the king. To make a long story short, the message was not received well. The king's right hand man, Amaziah the priest of Bethel, was sent to tell Amos, "Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there." (Amos 7:12)
The response of Amos was classic and has stayed with me all day.
Amos replied, "I was neither a prophet nor a prophet's son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending flock and said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.'" (Amos 7:14-15)
Amos did not see himself as a professional prophet. Rather, he saw himself as a shepherd whom God called to a particular task. God called Amos to preach to Israel and Amos was obedient. Amos did not see himself as a prophet but simply an obedient shepherd. Wow!
I desire for the church to be filled with obedient shepherds, school teachers, business owners, farmers, and custodians.
Lord, let it be.