The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa–the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel. Amos 1:1
God calls a common man, a lowly shepherd from Tekoa, near Bethlehem in Judah to prophesy against Israel and several other nations. Has God called you to be one of his prophets for today? As with Amos, it is not dependent on you being a pastor or evangelist or an author or celebrity. It is a matter of whether God has called you to speak what He tells you. Has God’s message to you been burning in your spirit that you can’t hold it in any longer. Is it such that even though you don’t want to speak it, you know that God putting it on your heart to be spoken to a specifc person or group, and you can’t suppress it, you can’t deny it. While some prophets in the Bible were trained to be prophets, some of them also became false prophets, speaking their own words, not God’s words. When you say, “the Lord says…” you better be sure it is the Lord that said it, and not you. The test of a prophet is simple. 100% accuracy every time, because if it is the Lord’s words they will be true. Don’t be caught up with the title “Prophet” but be a servant of the Lord. That is always the what we are called to do, and always the right thing to do.