Summary: In order to faithfully obey God’s call to be messengers of His gospel, we need to see the obstacles that we will face. But not only do we need to see the obstacles, we need to be able to overcome them like Amos did.
a. A messenger of God will face personal opposition (10)
b. A messenger of God will face verbal misrepresentation (11)
c. A messenger of God will face sensible temptation (12-13)
i. Wouldn’t it be nice to go home?
ii. Eat your home cooking?
iii. It’s OK to prophesy—just don’t do it here.
iv. Remember who’s in charge—it’s the king’s territory, not yours.
2. How can a messenger of God stand strong in the face of opposition and temptation, diversion?
a. Confidently understand the Source of the message (14-16)
b. Boldly proclaim the strength of the message (17)
Have you ever heard the Mailmen’s Creed? It goes like this: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Actually, it’s not an official creed. But it gets the point across, doesn’t it? It lets us know that mailmen are going to do what it takes to get you your mail on time. No matter what obstacle is presented to them. No matter what tries to get in their way or slow them down. It doesn’t matter. They will overcome the obstacles and get you your mail. Some of you are grinning, because you know it doesn’t always work that way. I know the lady that runs my route refuses to come down my driveway. Sun shining, not posted, no dogs, plenty of room to turn around. Yet every time we get a package, all of a sudden, no one seems to be home. We get a slip that says we have to pick it up at the Post Office. That’s OK, I know she works hard. But it doesn’t quite match the so-called Mailmen’s Creed does it? As Christians, we have a kind of a creed too. It’s found in Acts 1:8. It goes like this: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Kind of like the Mailmen’s Creed, that’s not really an official creed either. But it does get the point across. As Christians, our job is to be witnesses for Christ. To spread the gospel—the Good News of Jesus Christ. Where? Everywhere. When? Always. How? Through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ calls us to be messengers of His gospel. No matter what obstacle is presented to us. No matter what tries to get in our way or slow us down. We are supposed to overcome all obstacles and spread the message of the gospel. But it doesn’t always work that way does it? So many times we get so hung up on the obstacles that we never get the message out. We do like my mail lady does and make people come to us instead of us going to them. But that’s not what Amos did. Amos was faithful to deliver the message that God gave him. And just like any time a person is faithful to deliver God’s message, he ran into obstacles. But Amos overcame the obstacles and delivered his message. I want each of us to faithfully obey God’s call to be messengers of His gospel. In order to do that, we need to see what we’re up against. We need to see the obstacles that will be placed in front of us. But not only do we need to be able to see the obstacles, we need to be able to overcome them. A little bit later on, we’re going to see how to overcome the obstacles that we will encounter as messengers of the gospel. But first we’re going to look at the obstacles themselves. As messengers of the gospel, there are three obstacles each of us will face. The first obstacle is personal opposition. Look with me again at verse 10: