Amos was once just a guy walking around with sheep and tending to figs when God came and asked him to be a mouthpiece. Amos obeyed.
He didn’t consider himself a prophet, even after this ministry was in full swing. He didn’t make business cards or get a personal assistant. He still considered himself a herdsman.
But others saw him differently.
Amos 7: 12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Go, you seer, flee away to the land of Judah and there eat bread and there do your prophesying! 13But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal residence.”
He called him “seer” and told him to “prophesy” somewhere else. Those who were in charge saw Amos as a huge threat, but Amos responded with:
14Then Amos replied to Amaziah, “I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs. 15But the Lord took me from following the flock and the Lord said to me, ‘Go prophesy to My people Israel.’
I’m stuck on his response here. It’s confident, yet humble. He knows where he came from and also the power of who sent him. He doesn’t put himself down, but still lifts God up. This is a man who knows who he is and what he was sent to do.
Lord, help me to be like Amos. Let me not think less of myself, but think of myself less. Let me continually find myself in your service whether in front of a crowd or at home. Give me the words to say at the proper time and the confidence to know that they are from you. Let me represent you well in all areas of my life because in all areas YOU are still speaking.