In the book of Amos, God speaks (as he does in many of the minor prophets) about how the nation has gone astray by the way they treat the poor.
Amos declares that he is not a prophet nor the son of a prophet. Amos is a shepherd that God calls from the Northern hills of the Promised Land to speak into the rebellious nation of Israel.
1. Religion void of compassion.
If you do not love your brother, you do not love God.
2. Prosperity lulls and dulls.
The more you have the more you do to upkeep and maintain what you have. The more you do with what you have the less you realize what you never do. Before you know it, your prosperity has lulled you and dulled you about God’s purposes.
3. Insincere worship insults God.
False worship is found in special occasion centric faith, public gatherings as the pinnacle of faith, insincere gifts to God, and singing without meaning.
4. Privilege involves and invokes responsibility.
He who is faithful with little will be given much.
It is in the confession of the little things that allow us to deal with the big things in life. We have to become people willing to see beyond the religious façade we can all create and truly embrace the Word of the Lord for our lives.
1. The Lord God will justly judge sin.
3. The Lord God will pour, not measure out, His Spirit.
This is the worst line in my preaching…ever. Also, the funniest.
Today I told my son what to do in a relationship. I said what you need to do is… So today he is showing love to someone that is not that easy to love. Obeying me should mean loving others…even those difficult to love.
Leave a comment with some more ideas on how to do this practically.