More than a Shepherd Boy

The Shepherd Boy_William Pratt_1932

Picture Credit:  The Shepherd Boy – William Pratt, 1932

 

Yesterday I had the opportunity to preach the Sunday morning sermon at church while our pastor is away on summer vacation. It’s always exciting to be able to share God’s Word with others, and I felt especially encouraged after yesterday’s service.

I felt strongly led to preach from the Book of Amos, which is a little different, but holds some really great truths.

The first is a real encouragement to me, and is simply this:

God can call anyone, to do anything, at any time.

Take Amos, for example. He was an unlikely choice for a prophet, since his primary occupation was breeding sheep! Amos 1:1 introduces the author by saying, “the words of Amos, who was among the sheepherders from Tekoa, which he envisioned in visions concerning Israel.” Later, in Chapter 7, we find that Amos didn’t feel qualified to be a prophet of the LORD. In Amos 7:14-15 we see this exchange: “Then 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.  But the Lord took me from following the flock and the Lord said to me, ‘Go prophesy to My people Israel.’’”

But despite his own lack of confidence, God chose Amos as the first of the writing prophets, and called him to declare His message to the people of both Israel and Judah.

What a thought! That even though we might feel that we don’t have the talent, education, experience, or family legacy to accomplish certain tasks for God, that there is no end to what He might call us to do for Him!

Rick Warren wrote in his book, The Purpose Driven Church, that “God uses different kinds of people to reach different kinds of people.” God enjoys using all of His people to declare His message, so that He can reach the maximum number of precious souls.

This lesson from Amos made me think of the Ray Boltz song, Shepherd Boy, which includes the following lyrics:

When others see a shepherd boy,

God may see a king,

Even though your life seems filled with ordinary things,

In just a moment He can touch you,

And everything will change

When others see a shepherd boy,

God may see a king.

 

 

Even if you’re feeling very ordinary today, take heart! God may just call you to do something extraordinary for His Kingdom.

Are you ready?

 

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