“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…” (Amos 6:1). Amos speaks here to the people of God concerning the danger of growing apathetic in our commitment to God. Then he brings this charge against them: “but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.”
In Amos’ day this charge meant that Israel was unconcerned about the fate of their brethren in the South. God was concerned. His heart was broken. But their heart was unmoved. They were out of “sync” with the heart of God.
If we would apply this to ourselves, we must ask a very pointed question. Are our hearts in “sync” with the heart of God? Are we moved by the things that move Him? Are we people who care about the things God cares about? Is our passion His passion?
That should then lead us to another question. What is God passionate about? His passion is people. He reached out to us when we were without hope and poured out His grace upon us. This is why Jesus came and lived and died. We must realize that true fulfillment does not come when we receive Jesus. True fulfillment only comes when we live like Jesus. And Jesus lived for others. He poured out His life for people. That we His focus and that should be ours as well.
Sometimes we need a wake-up call like the one Amos gave to Israel. We seek so many things that do not satisfy us. We will only be satisfied when we spend our lives caring about the spiritual welfare of others. That is how God made us.