Today’s Reading: Amos 7:1-9:15
Have you ever heard the Mailmen’s Creed? It goes like this: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Actually, it’s not an official creed. But it gets the point across, doesn’t it? It lets us know that postmen are going to do what it takes to get us our mail on time. No matter what obstacle is presented to them. No matter what tries to get in their way or slow them down. It doesn’t matter. They will overcome the obstacles and get us our mail. Now you know it doesn’t always work that way, but this is the standard set.
As Christians, we have a kind of a creed too. It’s found in Acts 1:8. It goes like this: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Kind of like the Mailmen’s Creed, that’s not really an official creed either. But it does get the point across. As Christians, our job is to be witnesses for Christ. To spread the gospel—the Good News of Jesus Christ. Where? Everywhere. When? Always. How? Through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ calls us to be messengers of His gospel. No matter what obstacle is presented to us. No matter what tries to get in our way or slow us down. We are supposed to overcome all obstacles and spread the message of the gospel. But it doesn’t always work that way does it? So many times we get so hung up on the obstacles that we never get the message out and just like the postal service we miss the standard.
In today’s reading we see several obstacles which Amos faced. Yet Amos was faithful to deliver the message that God gave him. Amos’ message never changed. He faithfully delivered it despite the personal opposition he faced. He faithfully delivered it despite the verbal misrepresentation he faced. He faithfully delivered it despite the sensible temptation he faced. God gave him a message of holiness, sin, love, repentance, grace and redemption. God gave him that message and he was faithful to deliver it. What about you? What message has God given you to deliver?
You have the benefit of having the whole story of salvation—the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Not just the message of national redemption available to Israel. The message of redemption available to the world. To Jerusalem, Judea, to Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth. What are you doing with that message? Are you holding on to it for fear of what someone might say to you? Are you holding on to it for fear of how someone might twist your words? Are you holding on to it because you’ve succumbed to the temptation to stay in your comfort zone? Or are you going to faithful deliver it just like Amos.