Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down: and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, Speak Lord for your servant hears,” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 1 Samuel 3:9 NKJV
A woman named Hannah was barren. She was married to a man who had two wives. The other wife gave her husband children. She taunted and teased Hannah. They became bitter rivals. God gave Hannah an overwhelming desire to have her own child.
Hannah made a vow to give the child back to God if He blessed her with a son. She promised her son would be set apart and dedicated to serving God all his life. The Lord answered Hannah’s prayer. She kept her vow.
Hannah took Samuel to live in the tabernacle to minister before the Lord. Samuel lived there with the priests. God rewarded Hannah by giving her other sons and daughters.
God deposited the greatest desire of Hannah’s heart into her hands. She trusted the Lord enough to let go and give him back to God.
What dreams and desires has Jesus put into your heart?
Are you willing to let Jesus do as He pleases with your greatest dreams and the deepest desires of your heart? Hannah did. God blessed her beyond her wildest dreams. She asked the Lord for a son. God gave her four sons and two daughters.
Samuel gave God first place in his heart and life. God raised him up to be a great prophet. Jesus can use the smallest acts of obedience to accomplish the greatest miracles.
Samuel did not recognize the voice of God the first or second time the Lord called Him. He did not recognize the voice of God until someone who knew The Lord told him God was calling him. Jesus is calling you today. Do you recognize His voice?
Jesus is calling you to give Him first place in your heart and life today. He is calling you to speak to people who do not know Him today. Jesus wants you to tell people His greatest desire is to live in a loving relationship with them today.
If you give Jesus the desires of your heart He will bless you beyond your wildest dreams. Jesus will bless you because He loves you. Jesus will bless other people through your acts of obedience. Jesus will bless them because He loves them!
You do not have to be a prophet to serve Jesus. You do not have to make a vow or take an oath. Seek Jesus. Answer the call to go and make disciples in your corner of the world. You will be blessed. People will be saved.
Will you glorify Jesus with your greatest dreams and desires? Will you trust Jesus enough to release them if He has another plan for your life?
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