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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Nov. 22, 2010 - Taken Off the Farm

By Jerry Scott

Amos, a prophet to Israel whose sermons form a small book of the Bible, got under the skin of the priest in Bethel. Amaziah told him to shut up and go home. “Get out of here, you prophet! Go on back to the land of Judah, and earn your living by prophesying there! Don’t bother us with your prophecies here in Bethel. This is the king’s sanctuary and the national place of worship!” (Amos 7:12,13, NLT). Amaziah concluded that Amos was a nobody from nowhere who had appointed himself a gadfly in Israel.

The humble prophet offered this defense for his messages that stabbed the conscience of that nation.

“I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel’” (Amos 7:14,15, NIV).

The Lord took me off the farm! Amos had not chosen the job, nor was it a family thing. The Spirit of the Lord seized him and sent him to a job he would rather have left to another — bringing a word of warning of God’s impending judgment to Israel.

If you’re a follower of Christ, you have been called off the farm and sent with a message! “Who, me?” you ask. “But I’m just a project manager, a teacher, a mom, a sales representative ... How could I possibly have anything to say to anyone about God’s work?”

When God calls us, He equips us with abilities that come from the Spirit. It is a mistaken notion that only pastors or full-time ministry personnel can represent Jesus Christ before the world. In fact, you have a unique audience that no preacher will ever get in a church. Disciple, your life is a sermon. What does it say about the Lord to those among whom you work and live?

The Spirit of God lives in you if you belong to Christ. He will use you if you’re willing, if you’re devoted. Jesus calls us “salt and light,” our lives serving as a preservative in a corrupt society, with a radiance that shows others the Way to go in a very dark world! Find that calling daunting? Here’s a wonderful promise:

“He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this? You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us” (2 Corinthians 2:14-17, NLT).

Father, thank You for calling me off of the farm. Though I may feel unqualified by human standards to do holy work, You have promised to equip me with the powerful gifts of Your Holy Spirit. I humbly present myself for holy work. Eclipse my personality with Your radiance. Clean me up, wash away my sins, and make my life a quiet and convincing sermon, an illustration of God’s grace that is offered to those who are hungry for Him. Fill me, Lord, with holy boldness that lets me live fearlessly, relentlessly pursuing Your purpose. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.



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