Scripture

Amos 7:14-15 (NIV)

14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. 15 But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’

Observation

You don’t need to be “somebody” to be used by God. Here we can see Amos, a farmer, brought before the court of the King to speak to them words from God. Often, I wonder why anyone would want to listen to anything that I have to say about God. I think of the books that I have read, all from known preachers of God’s word, and I think that I have nothing to offer. You too, might wonder, what do you have to offer to people? Why would anyone listen to you?

Sometimes we are so close to the message that we want people to “get it.” If we tell people about God then we hope that they will embrace what we have with the Lord. We want them to have all that God has to offer them. The people heard Amos but they rejected the One who sent the message. When Jesus sent out the 72 to preach, He told them, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke 10:16 NIV). This is something that we, as Believers, need to remember when we tell people about God. They are not rejecting us but rejecting God. Either way, we love them the same for we too once walked in darkness.

We must tell our testimonies because they are our true confessions of what God has done for us. We are just regular people, not pastors or preachers, who can tell other people, just like us, what God has done. To those around us, who knew us before we were saved, our lives are a testimony to God. These people should be able to see how we have changed and know that it was only God who could have done it.

When you walk with the Lord, your life will change. When you read the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you then people will see a difference. You will be like Peter and John who, having stood courageously before the Sanhedrin, were recognized as having been with Jesus (Acts 4:13). Amos was just minding his own business, being a farmer, tending sheep, and taking care of the trees, when God called him, but when God called, Amos did what he was told to do. If you know God, then you know He’s called you to tell the only story that you can tell, yours.

Do you know God? God knows you and He loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. Nothing is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, right now, and He wants you to know Him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so that we could be free of guilt, be freed from death, and live eternally with Him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation today:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.