Text: I Samuel 3:1-10, 19-21
Introduction: Hannah’s heart was continually heavy. As one of the two wives of Elkanah, she had been unable to bear children, which brought shame to herself and her husband, and was considered a sign of reproach and displeasure from God. Year after year she went with her husband to worship God at Shiloh with sacrifices and offerings, yet she remained barren. One year, in deep bitterness of soul, as she prayed to Jehovah God, she vowed a vow unto the Lord, “O Lord of hosts, if Thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of Thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget Thine handmaid, but wilt give unto Thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.”
Though this is not the purpose of our message, notice the prayer of this broken-hearted woman. It was selfish, “give unto Thine handmaiden a MAN child.” This is the shallowness of our prayers, “give me, give me, give me!” Hear the demands of our prayers, “a man child, a man child!” This is why most of our prayers are never answered! Wife, are you praying for your husband’s salvation so your life is easier, or so your husband won’t to hell? How sad it is when the husband gets saved that the very same wife that prayed for his salvation now turns into a hinderance in his service for God! Dad, are you praying for your wayward child so he won’t bring reproach on the family name, or so his life will count for Christ, though it be in a far flung field of the world? How said it is, when the son or daughter finally give in to God, that the parents often stand in the way of their service for the Lord! You see, our motive gives the necessary momentum to our prayers! Hannah prayed a selfish prayer, with a “self-less” motive, “then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life...” And so from the purity of her motive came forth the answer to her prayer, “...that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, because I have asked him of the Lord.”
At 3 years of age, with the sacrifices and prayers of his parents ringing in his ears, Samuel is taken to the High Priest, there to spend his life in the service of the Lord. The Bible says, “And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord, and also with men.”
Text: 1 Sam. 3:1-10, 19-21 – “Jesus in 1 Samuel: the Call of Salvation – prayer
I. THE CALL MUST BE
RECEIVED AS A CHILD
B. Samuel Had
Always Believed in the God
C. Samuel Came as a Child
II. THE CALL MUST BE
BASED ON THE PRECIOUS WORD OF GOD
C. “No Open Vision”
III. THE CALL MUST
COME IN THE RIGHT CIRCUMSTANCES
Note: God continually allows circumstances in your life to remind you of eternity and the frailness of life.
A. Four Right Circumstances in this Verse (v3)
B. Four Right Circumstances for Others to see Christ in Us
IV. THE CALL MUST BE
B. It Came Individually
C. It Came Repeatedly (v4,6,8)
V. THE CALL MUST BE
VI. THE ONE CALLED
MUST RECOGNIZE HIS CONDITION
B. Because the Word was not Revealed Unto Him
VII. THE ONE CALLED
MUST ACCEPT GOD’S CALL
B. Man’s Part
Note: Many Christians have answered, but few have understood that God wants our all from the day of our salvation.
VIII. THE ONE CALLED
MUST PROVE HIS CALLING
B. All Knew
C. God in View
Concl: We have seen that Samuel, though dedicated to the Lord as a child, and destined to be a prophet of God, still had to respond to the call of God in his life. Samuel had to go through the same steps that each and every saved person has gone through since the time of Adam. Samuel heard the call of God: he responded to the call of God; he recognized that the was a sinner, and that only thru the shedding of blood can man’s sins be forgiven; he accepted what Christ did on the Cross of Calvary; and finally, he proved God’s call in his new lifestyle.
Is that what you have done this day, or are you still without Christ? Won’t you come today and be saved?
Christian, you are saved, but what about the proof of your salvation? Can others see Christ in you? Are you growing? Are you witnessing to others?
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