Are You Chosen?

Reflections On The Book Of Amos


Amos 3:2 "You only have I known of all the families of the earth; 


therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities." (NKJV)




What an honor & privilege it is to be chosen by God, to be hand picked to 


lead His people. However, it should not be taken lightly. At the beginning of 


verse 2 God says through the prophet Amos to the people of Israel that "You only 


have I known". God chose Israel to exemplify the life that He wanted all the 


world to live. The Israelites were suppose to be KNOWN as a nation of leaders 


who would become a model for the world. God held them to a higher standard than 


the other nations. The Israelites obviously failed at this assignment. They did 


not lead the other nations to a better place or state. Instead they joined in 


with the iniquities of their neighboring nations. As a result, God declared 


punishment on the Israelites for their failure to adhere to God's standard. 




God goes on at the end of verse 2 to say "therefore I will punish you for all 


your iniquities". I believe that we are all leaders in the body, and as leaders 


God is requiring from us the same thing He required from the Israelites. As 


leaders we are called to be that light for the world that Israel was supposed to 


be. We know that God is a good God, full of grace & mercy. However, we need not 


to take the responsibility of our calling lightly. Paul says in Romans 11:22, 


therefore consider the goodness & severity of God. God is not playing around 


with us any longer. God is calling us to a higher standard. 




He needs us to be built up even more to lead His people. If we don't get in line, how can we expect 


these misguided people to? We are responsible for their spiritual development. 


Their misguided behavior falls on our back. That's why He chose us. Everyone 


else doesn't know any better so we must be the example for them. So we can 


either get on board or God will be getting on without us. When He starts 


holding people accountable, He's going to start with us leaders first. I just 


hear God saying to us leaders that He can't tolerate the half commitment, lack 


of devotion, lack of focus, & idleness any longer. Listen men & women of God, 


take heed to what the Spirit of our Lord is saying. Those with ears to hear, 


hear the Spirit of The Lord saying "Enough is enough, I've called you higher."




Encouraging thought-I pray that as we all are reading through the Book of 


Amos that our fear & reverence for The Lord is sincerely increasing. I praise 


God for this time of fasting because Im believing that it will take us to that 


higher level God is calling us to. 




The answer that the people seek & need is inside of you. I praise God for 


you all saints! 




Verse of encouragement: Matthew 5:14 (NKJV) you are the light of the 


world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 


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