Tuesday, April 1, 2014

“A” for AMOS, God’s ‘Little People’

“A” for AMOS
God’s ‘Little People’

William Carey was an apprentice shoemaker at age 14.  He came to Christ as Savior at age 18.  Later when a high society Englishman wanted to embarrass Mr. Carey he said, “I hear, Mr. Carey, that you were a cobbler.”

“Oh, no, my lord, not a cobbler,” replied the humble Carey, “just a shoemaker.”

On  William Carey's Bicentenary celebration time
India Government honored him

by releasing a postal stamp.
Carey’s motto was, “Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God.”  He was one of God’s “little people” who went to India and, along with two friends, attempted great things for God.  Together they founded 26 churches and 126 schools with a total enrollment of ten thousand.  They translated the Bible into 44 languages and produced grammars and dictionaries.  Cary and friends organized India’s first medical mission, savings bank, seminary, Indian girls’ school, and Bengali newspaper.  Their accomplishments were astounding, especially for such humble beginnings.

NAME: “Carry or "Bear a Burden”
DATE: 8th Century BC
IDENTIFICATION:  Shepherd form Tekoa, called by God as a prophet
STORY LINE: Amos denounced the corruption of Northern Kingdom
READ IT THE BIBLE:  Amos 1:1-2; 6:1-14; 8:1-1

The prophet Amos also was one of God’s little people.’  He had humble beginnings, too.  He was but a shepherd living in Tekoa, an unassuming village about ten miles south of Jerusalem.  But God does not look on our humble beginnings when He chooses someone to attempt great things for him.  God spoke to Amos in a vision, and the shepherd—turned—prophet mightily denounced the idol worship, graft, and corruption of Israel.  He was just a herdsman and a tender of sycamore fruit (Amos 7:14), but Amos spoke effectively with the highest authority possible—the authority of God.

It doesn't matter who you are; what matters is what God wants to do through you.  If you feel like one of the “little people” in the church, be encouraged.  Our big God likes to use little people to impact the world.

                       —Dr. Woodrow Kroll
                          (Former President Back to the Bible Intl.)


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Dr. Woodrow Kroll
Confident Living Magazine
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