[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] After we hear the call of God upon our lives to join the mission field, the next step is for us to respond.
In 1 Samuel 3, there is a beautiful account of God speaking to young Samuel. As he laid down sleeping, Samuel heard someone call his voice. He thought it was the High Priest Eli, whom he worked with. He went to ask what Eli needed, and Eli said he didn’t call him, go back to sleep. This happened twice. The third time Samuel heard his name being called, Eli realized that God was speaking to him. He tells him to respond ¾ “Speak, for your servant hears.” (verse 9.)
Samuel obeyed, and God spoke. He told him what would happen to the family of Eli and the nation of Israel. God was calling Samuel as a Prophet, and Samuel was available to the Lord, and ready to hear from Him.
We must also ask God what He would have us do. We must have the same prayer as Samuel: “Speak, for your servant hears.” God will give us ears to hear what He says to us, and the ability to follow what He sets before us.
The message he received from God was partially a judgment against Eli and his family for not walking in the ways of the Lord. Samuel could have lost everything by being honest, but he hid nothing from Eli and told it all to him. He already counted the cost and knew that he had to speak what God shared with him… no matter what. This is just as true today for us.
The path ahead for Samuel would involve a lot of excitement and sorrow alike. God would use him to prophecy, anoint kings over Israel, and do many exploits in His name. God continued to speak to him and direct him.
Samuel always stayed with a soft heart and open ears to hear from God. He was willing to lay down earthly comforts in order to follow after God, even rebuking a king when it meant he could have been killed for it (1 Samuel 15).
We must be willing to take up our cross and follow Christ. This looks different for each of us, but there is always going to be a cost. We must be willing to pay it, if we are going to be true followers of Jesus and take His love and hope to the ends of the earth.
“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’” Luke 9:23
The fields are ripe, the harvest is plentiful, and people are desperate for forgiveness and freedom. Jesus says in John 4:35b ¾ “Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest.” (HCSB)
Let us ask what God would have us do; and let us be willing to do whatever that is. After all, it is what we were created for. In making sacrifices and letting go in order to do what God sets before us, we will find true joy and abundant life.
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