I never wanted to be the pastor of a church. So when I was approached by the elders of my congregation and asked to consider the role, I immediately refused—telling them quite clearly that being a minister was not my calling. There was no doubt in my mind that I would be no good at it. The whole idea didn’t appeal to me, and so—in my mind—God would certainly not require me to follow such a path.

Six years later I am still pastoring the same church even though I am still no good at it. But I’ve learned that God is good, and He uses the vessels He has selected in order to fulfill His plan and purpose in His church around the world (2 Corinthians 4:7).

With that said, I don’t believe for a moment that Amos planned on becoming a prophet. The opening lines of the book of Amos tell us his background but do not dwell on the enormous upheaval that must have accompanied his call (Amos 1:1). His friends and co-workers must have thought him to be insane. Those he railed against with powerful words of conviction and accusation must have sneered and persecuted him because of his humble origins. Look at Amos 1:15 with its pointed indictment of the king and royalty. How do you think they would have responded to a mere shepherd making such proclamations? A more suitable prophet, of greater social standing would have been more appropriate.

Amos’ career move wasn’t exactly celebrated. Simply see the barrage of accusations he received in Amos 1:1–2:16. The move cost him everything, including his life. But a calling has nothing to do with background or gifting. It has everything to do with God’s plans and what He’ll provide for us to accomplish His will.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Matthew 21:1-17