Amos 7:12-15 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O you seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is the king's house. Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was a herdsman, and a gatherer of sycamore fruit: And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
Amos, a hayseed farm boy in the Old Testament, came out of the field from herding the animals to speak to Israel the Word of God. This tells me that it didn't matter who Amos was, because God could have used one of the cows instead. He did use Balaam's donkey once. Numbers 22:27-28 What mattered is that Amos spoke when He was spoken to. I am less than Amos, and less than the donkey Balaam sat on, since they both had jobs and I am no longer working, but am on disability retirement. However, you are here on my page where I am writing the words that matter to me about my faith in Jesus. Therefore, I must take it that you want to hear what I have to say, or you wouldn't keep reading. Who did Amos think he was coming out of the field? I don't really know that he thought about it at all. Apparently, he had heard the Word of God read, and he had heard God speak. Those are the only two qualifications for speaking and witnessing.
Once you are qualified, the only thing left to secure is a platform. If you witness at school, on the job, in tent revivals, or in a prison ministry; it's all the same. You have a calling. Don't ignore God's calling or you will be like Jonah. God doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called. I didn't wait around for a commission because the commission was already given by Jesus. I was under the impression everyone was choosing mission fields. I staked my claim right here, since I had a laptop in my hands. I hope you are not disappointed by my qualifications, or lack thereof.
There is a popular slogan going around in recent years that asks simply, "What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?" This originated in Charles Sheldon's book, In His Steps from the 90's. The idea was simply to ask yourself what Jesus would do, and then do that thing, in any given situation. I am mobility limited. I believe that if Jesus had been mobility impaired, then He would have had Himself carried to a place in the community where he could be heard by the crowds. So, here I am, trying to be like Jesus.
" I don't know where it came from but I once heard "Holiness is trying to be like Jesus-Legalism is trying to be like everyone else. Jesus didn't have an issue with the Law of Moses but had issues with how human traditions were given more importance than what the Law actually said. Thank God for the Law of Grace through Jesus Christ because I know for one I couldn't keep every one of those laws and there's no way that I could ever try to pay off the debt of my sins." Source Article on Yahoo
...if you misuse something that belongs to God, say defile it, or desecrate it, or vandalize it, etc., then you are doing what Belshazzar did when he saw the handwriting on the wall in Daniel 5. The question we need to ask ourselves is "What do we do that defiles our body?" Jesus said, " Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." Matthew 15:17-20 Jesus was speaking of a moral character.
Communion and baptism sacraments are routines and religious ceremonies; traditions that we carry out in our church. We follow them, not as commandments, but as memorials of Jesus, and His work on the cross. Holiness, however, is like redemption, sanctification, salvation, & regeneration. It is not something that we do for ourselves. They are bought by the cross-work of Jesus. If holy means I am separated for God's use...that I belong to Him, then I cannot "do" holiness. I can behave in a way that respects my holiness to God. "The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5 This mentions holy character.
In the Bible, holiness is about being dedicated to God. God is holy. When we are bought by Him, we are holy. We should take on God's character when we become like Him. Psalms 30:4 says "Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness." We are told here to be thankful for God's holy character, not His standard of clothing, His adherence to commandments, or His acts of handwashing . When you research all the appearances of the words holiness & beauty of holiness, you see it is not about outward standards at all. Many Christians have some sort of clothing standards, though standards are never consistent across denominations. But, what they are wearing does not make them holy, only covered. It becomes legalism when you are dressing in a prescribed manner because everyone else is dressing that way. If it is not in your heart, then you are not honoring the words of Jesus. But, there is a ditch on both sides of the road. You can be just as legalistic about dressing in jeans and flip flops. I think the goal is to be like Jesus, rather than trying to be like everyone else.