Your energy introduces you before your assignment. But confidence is super power. Confidence is like “Show up in every single moment like you’re meant to be there.
Amos confesses that in the scheme of the big world of his day, he really was just a little insignificant human being. When Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, verbally assaulted Amos before king Jeroboam, Amos confesses his meager and humbled background and status, Look at what he says about himself, I am no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of sycamore trees, and the Lord took me from following the flock and the Lord said to me – Go!,
Sometimes, God challenges those whom the world may think the least of, to do big things and take giant steps, If a little boy can use a sling shot to bring down a giant, if an abandoned child and a murderer by name Moses can lead a nation out from the bondage of Pharaoh and the great kingdom of Ancient Egypt, If the boy child of a poor Jewish carpenter can justifiably claim to be the savior of fallen humanity
If twelve “nobodies” can take the Gospel of Christ and turn the world upside down, if a black man from a broken home, reared by a white mother and grandmother can become the President of the United States of America, then there is no secret what God can do in and with our lives and our church, Because sometimes God challenges little people to take big steps
Sometimes when you take a big step, you might feel that you are out there, all alone The record does not record one friend among the prophets to rise up on Amos’side, Clearly, Amos is “out there” alone.
When God challenges us to take big steps, some will stand with you, but others will walk away from you. Sometimes the one closest to you will desert you.
Martin Luther King was not popular among all the preachers. Dorothy Height was not welcomed by all the “good ole boys, Jesus suffered humiliation and crucifixion. When God challenges you to take some big steps, expect some bumps in the road, get ready to have your character assassinated, know that all your friends are not your friends, be alert, stay on guard, put on the full armor of God, watch as well as pray, put on the full armor of God.
Amos, the sheepherder, who in no wise had any prophetic credentials, he wasn’t licensed, he wasn’t ordained, he wasn’t among the court of priests. And Amaziah who is the pastor of Metropolitan, the significant priest in the shrine of the king’s court, ends up in a showdown.
Douglas King in his homiletically perspective writes, The issue at stake is who does indeed call the shots, Amaziah says Amos, get out of here, don’t ever show your face around these parts again, God says, Amos, go prophesy to my people,
What is that God is sending you to do and you are still panicking. Sometimes we are held back by our own negative beliefs and overpowering fears. Self-doubt and fear can make you feel that you will fail at reaching that assignment.
When God calls you, He will equip and prepare you to effectively complete your assignment. It is your move that precede the move of GOD. GOD is waiting for you to move, while you are there waiting to see the move of GOD. The challenges of life only bow to those that take steps of faith.