1 Samuel 3:7-10
Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him.
And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child.
Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
How to Reach the Masses
The account of Samuel is such a rich lesson. From his devoted mother Hannah, through Eli to his relationship with Saul and David, Samuel is a wonderful prophet to study. Today, it's actually Eli and his impact on Samuel to consider.
In the passage above, Samuel is still a child in the service of the priest, Eli. Though young, he is literally receiving a calling from God, but, as the scripture attests, he "did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed" to him.
Eli was old and failing at this point in his life. He had not done all that he should do as a priest and as a father. Yet, despite his shortcomings, he was still attuned enough to recognize the child's calling. Eli didn't call him; the Lord did. But through Eli's relationship with God, though rocky at times, he was able to assist the boy in recognizing what was happening and gave him some direction to ensure that Samuel understood what was happening.
Dear ones, this is who we should be to the lost. We can't save anyone. No one will gain eternal life through someone else's relationship with Jesus. Yet, as we develop in Christ, we are supposed to grow in our God conscieousness. We are supposed to be able to hear the Lord and recognize His work, even when He's not talking to us. We can't bring anyone to salvation, but we sure should be able to point out what's going on and assist those who are hearing a call but aren't sure how to respond. I may not be able to save you, but I can tell you about a Savior who saved me.
Like Eli, we need to be versed enough to know the call, to hear the voice, yet humble enough to let the intended person answer.
You can't save anyone. Jesus saves. But, when you hear Him call, even if it isn't your name, make sure to point out that the Lord is speaking, so we all can listen.
Afterall, there is wisdom in the song..."How to reach the masses, Jesus gave the key...If I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me."
Lift Him up, saints.
Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Sis. Stephanie Robinson
Lifeline is the evangelistic ministry of Fellowship Church in Jonesboro, GA. The church website is www.fcchosengeneration.com.
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