Amos replies, “I am not a professional prophet, and I never trained to be one. I am just a shepherd and I take care of sycamore-fig trees. Bu the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people Israel.’”
The Lord shows Amos a vision of a wall being measured with a plumb line to determine if it is straight. The Lord tells Amos that He will test His people with a plumb line and bring judgement against the house of Jeroboam.
Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, sends a message to Jeroboam accusing Amos of plotting against him. Amaziah also tells Amos to go back to Judah and prophesy there.
Amos responds that he has never been a professional prophet; he is just obeying the Lord’s commandment.
Pastors and other trained ministers of the gospel play an important role in the church. They are indispensable in providing oversight and direction.
But God will use anyone who is ready to obey Him. You don’t need a degree to serve the Lord.
Amos was a shepherd and a tender of sycamore-fig trees. The Hebrew suggests that he was a land owner and not just an employee, but regardless of this he was not a professional prophet schooled in the Law and the prophetic traditions.
God used Amos to get a message to the people of Israel. His training and experience meant little to the Lord.
The Lord is looking for people who are willing to take His word to people who will not necessarily welcome it.
When God calls, He gives the training, the knowledge and the skills we need. We just have to answer His call and trust Him to supply what we need.
Lord God, I thank you that you do not require people to be college trained or to have decades of experience before they can serve you. Please use me for your purposes today. Amen.