1 Listen to this, Israel. God is calling you to account—and I mean all of you, everyone connected with the family that he delivered out of Egypt. Listen!
2 “Out of all the families on earth, I picked you.
Therefore, because of your special calling, I’m holding you responsible for all your sins.”
Amos 3:1-2 MSG
I destroyed some of you as I destroyed the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and those who survived were like a smoking branch plucked from the fire; And still you did not return to Me.
Amos 4:11 VOICE
Hate evil and love good,
then work it out in the public square.
Maybe God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
will notice your remnant and be gracious.
Amos 5:15 MSG
11 “The time is surely coming,” says the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 Men will wander everywhere from sea to sea, seeking the word of the Lord, searching, running here and going there, but will not find it.
Amos 8:11-12 TLB
“Yes indeed, it won’t be long now.” God’s Decree.
“Things are going to happen so fast your head will swim, one thing fast on the heels of the other. You won’t be able to keep up. Everything will be happening at once—and everywhere you look, blessings! Blessings like wine pouring off the mountains and hills. I’ll make everything right again for my people Israel ... They’ll never again be uprooted from the land I’ve given them.” God, your God, says so.
Amos 9: 13-15 MSG
How did Amos go from shepherd to social justice advocate? The 21st century doesn't have the market on crazy: Amos could have been killed for his outspokenness.
Maybe I'll never write a best-selling book and adopt a child from China like Ann Voskamp. Perhaps I'll never follow God's will into the jungles of Ecuador like Elizabeth Elliott. For the time being, this introverted Christ follower relies on the written word to speak up for, and to, at risk kids.
What's your passion, Dear Reader? What do you believe God is calling you to do? I truly believe each of God's children has a job to do. And maybe, God doesn't regard the size of the job, but whether we are willing to do it.