If you are a faithful reader of God is a Refuge, you will know that a while back I wrote a post asking you to consider In that post, I discussed how everything we do for the Kingdom, no matter how big or small, is actually big in the eyes of God and lends to our heavenly reward (well, I may have worded it a little differently, but you get the point).
Even still, sometimes I worry that the things I want to do for God and the things I feel lead by Christ to do are beyond my capabilities. You want me to do what, Lord?? I can’t do that! And I’m afraid to even try… To say that I have never talked myself out of doing something for the betterment of the Kingdom because I didn’t feel adequate to do so would make me a liar in need of repentance.
That line of thinking combined with the overall I am not capable and I’m scared feeling is enough to send anyone into a slump of feeling useless.
Do you ever read your Bible and suddenly become aware of a tiny, yet significant detail you missed from an earlier read through of the same passages?
It happens to me quite often.
The book of Amos at first glance tells of us a warning given to the Children of Israel and how they were to be utterly destroyed if they did not change their ways. Clearly, the warning is important. But, did you ever consider Amos, the deliverer of God’s message?
Amos was not a prophet, nor was he the son of a prophet. Considering the facts, Amos, a herdsman and gatherer of fruit, was not “qualified” to be delivering a message from God to Amaziah. Surely, Amos was a man of God. But, I can’t help but wonder if while herding sheep, if Amos ever wondered if he would make any impact on God’s kingdom. If I were a betting woman, I’d bet Amos felt a little useless, too, given his position.
But, when God called Amos to deliver a message to the Amaziah, Amos did not stand around with his hands in his pockets debating whether he could actually prophesy to the King. Amos knew that if the Lord was leading him in a certain direction, God would show up to help him and bless his efforts. When called to a deliver a message, what did Amos do? He prophesied to the people.
Then answered Amos and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was a herdsman and a gatherer of sycamore fruit. And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go prophesy until my people Israel. – Amos 7:14-15.
Amos did not consider whether or not he was capable or able and he did not let fear stand in his way, either. Instead, he followed the Lord’s calling to prophesy a powerful warning message to the Children of Israel. He did not talk himself out of it because he was not a conventional prophet. He did not let fear blind him from doing an important job. And he did not drag his feet or give place for doubt to creep in. He did exactly what God asked of him.
Think God can’t use you? Think again.
That tugging on your heartstring to do something kind for someone or that subtle urge to share your testimony with a stranger may just open the door of opportunity for God to come pouring into someone’s heart and offer change, hope, and salvation. The acts that you feel lead to do may just save a life and add a soul to the Kingdom of God.
What is God calling you to do?
Keep the faith-