Rev. Steven Blair is the Congregational Care Pastor of Live Forward and Live Well Emotional Wellness Ministry. www.cor.org/liveforward
We have our excuses and reservations. We look at the weak parts of our character, the imperfections of our relationships, or a perceived lack of skill as reasons why we aren’t useful to God. We emphasize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses.
But let’s look at Amos. Amos is not a professional prophet who is used to doing tough things for God. Yet, rather than allowing that to hold him back he used it as part of his credibility. Here are his words to the priest in the north, Amaziah, who did not like Amos’ message.
Amos answered Amaziah, “I am not a prophet, nor am I a prophet’s son; but I am a shepherd, and a trimmer of sycamore trees.” – Amos 7:14
Being a shepherd and a trimmer of trees could have been seen as a negative but Amos flipped the perception. It was because he wasn’t a professional prophet that his words had so much power. He was relatable and real. His negative became a positive.
Think of your negatives. Write them down. Then fill out the following statement like Amos:
I am not (perfect, in ideal relationships, a Bible expert, head of my company, envied by my neighbors) but I am ____________.
Whatever you write in that blank is what makes you real. It is the very reason why God wants to use you today like God used Amos.
With God, your negatives are your positives. Let God do something big today through you, because you are you.
Grace and Peace,
Imperfect Dad, Husband, Son, Pastor….Used by God
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