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“Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’” Amos 7:14-15

I find it extremely reassuring that there is no caste system in the Kingdom of God. Society may try but cannot ultimately decide my social status and trade at my birth. It is reassuring to know that there is no karma in God’s kingdom. Therefore, my current status in life is not a result of something good or bad that I did in an alleged past life.

God, the one true god, can use anyone despite which societal class she is born into. You do not have to hail from a line of preachers for God to use you as a preacher; you do not have to hail from a line of doctors/lawyers/engineers (three of the most sought after careers by certain communities) for God to use you as a doctor/lawyer/engineer. It is also reassuring that God determines how He will use us and our lives are not dictated solely by our own self-directed efforts.

Amos was not not a prophet nor did he come from a line of prophets. However, God chose to use Amos as a prophet. We so easily get caught up in what we are not and what our parents are not, resulting in us making assumptions about what we can or cannot become. How about changing that line of thought and instead dwell on what God can use you to do in spite of you and your ancestors. Take a moment to think of all God has done in your life despite what society and statistics deem you to be capable of. Dwell on that and get on your knees to give God the praise He deserves. Most importantly, take note of why God has used you–so that you will go out and tell people about Him.