Amos tells us in the seventh chapter of the book by the same name (I know, I read ahead) that his father wasn’t a prophet and he wasn’t a prophet. He identifies himself as a “herdsman” that is, he hung out with the sheep. I like a guy who hangs out with the sheep. That’s somebody that I want to listen to.
Amos 5: 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
God isn’t interested in empty sacrifices. He’s interested in our heart. He’s not interested in the good stuff we do, only why we do it.
He said it through Isaiah, the prophet with pedigree papers and He’s saying it though Amos, the farmer from nowhere. He’s still saying it today. He’s saying it every chance He gets to everyone and anyone who will listen.
Prophets, teachers, factory workers, guys who sit in cubicles, farmers, stay at home moms, kids, librarians and retried people: He’s saying the same thing. He said it all through the Old testament and proved it in the New: “I will be their God and they will be my people.”
My heart is responding to Him today: “I am yours and you are mine.” What will be your response to Him today?