The Call of God

June 2, 2024

Have you ever had someone call your name from a
crowd? Or maybe when you were young, you heard your
mother call you in from the yard?

The story of Pastor’s calling.

In 1 Samuel chapter 3, we see a biblical story of God’s
calling.
Let me set the background of the story.

The child Samuel was living in the temple, under
the care of the elderly priest, Eli.

Eli’s children, Hophni and Phineas, were spoiled
scoundrels who profited from the priesthood.

The passage says, “in those days, the word of the
LORD was rare; visions were not widespread
(3.1).”

Why wasn’t the word of God common place?

It is in this setting that God calls out to Samuel.
Samuel was a child, not an adult.

God calls Samuel to be the voice of the new thing God was
going to do.

God still calls today.
God calls ALL to salvation.

God calls God’s followers to sanctification (holiness).

God calls God’s followers to partner in God’s work in the
world.

A word of warning…God’s judgment on Eli is the story of
those who refuse to live life in response to God’s calling.

God’s calling goes on…if God’s followers do not
participate, God calls new partners in God’s mission.
What is God’s calling in your life? What is God calling you to
do? To receive God’s free gift of salvation? To surrender your
life and be entirely sanctified? To live into God’s calling in
your life?

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