Amos had a tough mission. He had to expose the exploitation, corruption and injustices that were prevalent in the society. Amos had to begin his mission with the king and his close associates. Imagine a simple villager going and telling the royal people that they are doing injustice! Amaziah the priest who exercised his ministry within the royal sanctuary at Bethel was the first one to react. His reaction was rejection and ridicule, calling Amos a visionary and asking him to go back to Judah and find a living here. Amos was straight forward. Called by God and filled with power of the Spirit to speak, he did not yield to difficulties or back down when confronted by power and prestige.
The mission of Jesus, and the disciples of Jesus whom Jesus sent to preach the good news, were similar to the mission of Amos. Jesus came to do the will of the one who sent him. (John 4:34) He prepared and sent his disciples with a clearly defined mission. It was a mission of selfless service with patience, simplicity, humility and perseverance. They were not to look for comfort, success, honor and glory. It is clear from the instruction that Jesus gave his disciples. They shouldn’t expect their message of conversion and repentance to be received with open arms. They should be prepared to shake the dust off their feet and move on if the word is rejected.
Less luggage more comfort. Especially if one has to walk all the way. Rejection was to be met with a resolve to move elsewhere in order to preach the good news where it would be receptive. It is dangerous to deliver truth when you have something to lose. As Jesus advices the disciples, the lighter you travel, the more risks you can take.
It may be good news for some, bad news for others. Your responsibility is to speak the good news irrespective of the result.