The profit Amos continues to share God’s message of the judgement that is to come to the Israelites. When Amos tries to tell Amaziah the priest of the impending doom that is headed his way, the priest tells Amos to go away…to return to his own country of Judah and make his living as profit there. Amos stood his ground however and told Amaziah that he was not a profit by profession–in fact, he was a herdsman and a farmer–but rather he was on a ministry of God’s creating.
Most Christians do not get called into a specific ministry as Amos did; however, we are all called to share the good news.
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”
Mark 16:15 (NLV)
This, in my opinion, is a much easier ministry than the ministry in which the Old Testament prophets were called to carry out. More often than not, the Old Testament prophets were delivering a message of doom and gloom; a message of God’s wrath. We, on the other hand get to deliver the message of salvation through Jesus Christ; the message of God’s immense love for us. Yet, many times we stay silent. We have been coerced into believing that we have no right to share the good news…we have been told, like Amos, to go back home with our messages from God.
I want to encourage you to be like Amos and stand your ground and share the good news. I’m not telling you to stand on the street corner with your Bible in hand…but I am hoping you will seek out opportunities to plant seeds, to share the good news, to minister to those in need of some good news, to stand up for what is right according to God.
The next time you pray, ask Jesus to show you how you can take up your cross and follow him.
Tomorrow’s Delight: 2 Chronicles 27 & Isaiah 9-12
Hugs & Blessings,