Scripture: Amos 1:1
Amos was the amateur that God called to be prophet. He had no intentions of becoming a prophet: he was a sheep breeder and fig tree grower, basically Amos was a farmer. Yet, he was called to be a prophet. He lived in a time of economic prosperity, but Amos could not separate the sacred from the secular. As a trader of goods, he began to read the signs of the times: realizing that the secular was affecting the sacred. God directed Amos to: "Go prophesy to my people."
Amos went as directed to communicate God's message. He mustered the courage and overcame his own doubt. His eyes and ears were alert to the world around him. Amos brought a challenge: "Seek good and not evil, that you may live, hate evil and love good." Amos' message aroused varying responses: some responded with deeper levels of commitment, while others responded with bitterness.
Commitment starts in the heart and affects our whole lives. Amos' message was saying this: the sacred should affect the secular, the secular should not affected the sacred. In our lives, are we allowing the secular to affect our spiritual walk? Is the world changing us or are we changing the world?
Like Amos, we are called to reveal God's grace and mercy, while like Amos we may feel like amateurs trying to do so. Special privileges require special obligations. Special grace requires special holiness. Special revelation requires special scrutiny. Special love requires special responsiveness.