Monday, July 6, 2015

Amos 7:7-15 Called to be a Prophetic People

KEY TEXT: Amos 7:14-16 I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.

KEY THOT: Amos was a shepherd and farmer, happily tending his sheep and growing fig trees—until he received the revelation about Israel’s impending judgment. He didn’t “choose” the vocation of the prophet; he was anointed and appointed for the task. It is impossible to just focus on our secular work when God grants us a burden for His ministry. As with Amos, he was a reluctant prophet, called to do what was not his preferred vocation—which is tending sheep and growing fig trees. 

In the course of my Christian life since my conversion at 19, I’ve taken on different vocations: student, NS, school teacher, pastor/chaplain, trainer (school/corporate) and currently training consultant for Alpha Asia-Pacific. But even as my vocations change, my call has remained the same: viz., to help churches recover their missional self-identity, so that they may become kingdom outposts to advance God’s rule and kingdom on earth until Christ returns; to be “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). 

Even though my vocations may change (now I'm back pastoring part-time), but God’s call on me remains unchanged: viz., to help Christians and churches realize that only when they are aligned with God's kingdom purpose and plan will they find meaning and purpose for themselves.

Father, thank You that You have called me to help Your people become the missional churches that will proclaim Your excellencies in Christ. Amen.

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