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Amos 1-3, Revelation 6 • Key Verse: Amos 1:1

My hometown had only one building, which contained the train station, general store, gas station and post office. I used to say that it was “just five miles south of resume speed.” There’s something about coming from a small town that makes you feel insignificant.

I’m sure Amos was like that. He came from the tiny village of Tekoa. If you rode your donkey south out of Jerusalem you soon came to Bethlehem. If you rode six miles further, you came to Tekoa. And if you rode even further you came to nothing. Tekoa was a frontier town, on the edge of the harsh Judean wilderness.

There, Amos was a shepherd. He was not the mayor of the town; he was a sheep breeder. He was a nobody.

Still, God came to this nobody and called him to become His servant and spokesman (read Amos 7:14-15). Amos wasn’t eloquent nor Was he educated. But he was available and he wholly obeyed the Lord. Eleven times in his tiny book Amos says, “Thus says the Lord

Maybe God has something special for you to do too. It doesn’t matter what you are now; it only matters what He intends to make of you. Be available. Be clean. Be ready. You may be His next Amos.

“God, make me the kind of person who is clean and pure before You, so that if You have some special task for me to do, I will be ready, willing and able to do it. ”

Woodrow Kroll & Tony beckett

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