Amos replied, "I'm not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one. I'm just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees."
In 1957, Wally Amos enthusiastically launched the cookie business he called Famous Amos. The prophet Amos would never have used that moniker. He was a humble farmer and shepherd who lived at the edge of the Judean wilderness in Tekoa, six miles south of Bethlehem. (Centuries later, John the Baptist lived in this same region.)
While this prophet doesn't get much attention, God greatly used Amos. Because Amos was a shepherd, he had lots of time in his fields to think and pray. He was the first prophet to predict the captivity of the northern kingdom, and he emphasized God's judgment over the affairs of human government.
In fact, the Bible is filled with lowly men and women whom God used. Amos was called to leave his sheep and be a spokesman for God. God called another shepherd named Moses to tend the flocks of God's people. Jesus called Peter, inviting him to leave his nets and be a fisher of men. In fact, the Lord will use any humble person devoted to him. God's calling is more important than qualifications.
As someone once said, "You can never be too small for God to use, only too big." Rejoice in the good news that God can use anyone to proclaim the Good News of his Kingdom.
In His strong love,