This morning I spent time alone with the Lord in 1 Samuel 3. This chapter draws a stark contrast between Eli, a religious leader who is very out of touch with God, and the young man Samuel who hears God speak to him.
My fear is that there are more “Eli’s” leading our churches than we realize. These are persons who have the position and title, but lack a vital, active relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. In Paul’s last letter to Timothy, he warns of those who “have the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.” (2 Timothy 3:5). Such a warning must be heeded and such persons must be confronted as John did with Diotrephes (3 John 9-10).
I am calling for Samuel’s to step forward. What God wanted in Israel is the same that He wants in the church today. He is looking for those who listen far more than they speak; those who learned that God’s voice is real through the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. His message will not pander to our comforts or placate our natural flesh or condescend to what is popular. Part of God’s message will be His judgment on those who misrepresented Him in the church (Revelation 3:17).
The promise from God for those who eagerly listen for God to speak in our day of religious noise is that “the Lord [will] appear again…and reveal Himself” (1 Samuel 3:21). If you become a “Samuel”, you will grow and the Lord will be with you! A listening walk with God means that your words and ministry will bear much fruit and never be in vain (John 15:8; 1 Corinthians 15:58).
A passion of this ministry is developing Timothy’s and Samuel’s. Will you respond?
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