This week’s free devotion is slightly adapted from CTA’s new devotion book for Christian Workers, Shaping Hearts; Changing Lives: 30 Days to Grow in Service. It is available now, and the product line includes many valuable, value-priced gifts for church staff and volunteers.
It came in the middle of the night, God’s call to Samuel. It came when Samuel did not expect it. It came in a unique way. It was persistent and specific. It came, not for Samuel’s benefit but for the benefit of God’s people, God’s nation. It changed the shape of Samuel’s entire life – from childhood onward.
The callings of God in our lives today differ from the calling Samuel received. Yet, in several significant ways, they are similar. The Lord chose Samuel to believe and to serve. Christ’s call to faith and service rests on us, too. Samuel had not earned this high honor, and neither have we. In fact, our sin thoroughly disqualifies us, just as it disqualified Samuel.
Still, the forgiveness Jesus won on Calvary’s cross belonged to Samuel. Heaven’s High King credits Jesus’ holiness to your account, too. God’s love for Samuel was unmistakable, unshakable, and forever. That same persistent, pardoning love flows into our lives, calling us to serve and qualifying us for his service.
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and my servant whom I have chosen.” Isaiah 43:10
You can find the account of God’s calling the boy Samuel to lifelong service in 1 Samuel 3. It’s quite inspiring! As you read, look for parallels in your own service for our Savior. How does the account encourage you? With whom could you share that encouragement?
Editor’s note: If you’re looking for ways to recognize, connect, and celebrate volunteers and/or pastors and other church staff, consider any of the products in the Shaping Hearts, Changing Lives line. Or check out CTA’s other Christian Worker themes.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.