God Is Calling, Are You Listening? by Daniel Rodgers

God Is Calling, Are You Listening?
Dan Rodgers
I Samuel 3:1-10


INTRODUCTION:

1. The setting for our story takes place in the Temple. Eli, the priest, was training young Samuel for the ministry. In (2:18), the Bible says, ''Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.'' By the way, we remember that Hannah, Samuel's mother, had dedicated Samuel to the service of the Lord. She had promised that if the Lord would give her a son, she would give him back to serve Him all the days of his life.

2. The Bible says that Eli and Samuel had lain down for the night to go to sleep. Just about then, Samuel heard a voice, ''Samuel.'' Samuel thought it was Eli, so he got up and went to Eli. Eli said, ''I didn't call you, go back to bed and go back to sleep.'' But, the voice came again, ''Samuel.'' Again, Samuel went to Eli. Eli said, ''I didn't call--go back to sleep.'' This happened three times before Eli realized that it was God who was calling Samuel. He said, ''The next time God calls answer Him with these words; ''Speak Lord, for thy servant heareth.''

Here's the point: God was calling Samuel. Samuel was listening...he heard the voice of God and he responded. Keep in mind, Eli didn't hear the voice of the Lord--Samuel did, but Eli did not. It reminds me of the Damascus Road experience with Paul (then Saul), when he heard the voice of the Lord, but those with him didn't hear.

There are three important things I want us to consider
this morning, as we look at the message: ''God is Calling, Are You Listening?''

I. God Calls Those Who Are Active
II. God Calls Those Who Are Asleep
III. God Calls Those Who Are Alert

I. GOD CALLS THOSE WHO ARE ACTIVE

1. Notice in (vs. 1a), ''And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli.'' The Jewish historian, Josephus, said that Samuel was probably about 12 years old at this time. Our point is this: Samuel was busy ministering unto the Lord--he was active in the Lord's work ...


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