by Rev Joel Yong
1 Samuel 3:8-9
The LORD called Samuel a third time. Samuel got up, went to Eli, and said, “Here I am. You called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. “Go, lie down,” Eli told Samuel. “When he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD. I’m listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his room.
God had a message for His people and He chose to speak- not to Eli but to the boy Samuel.
It could have been treated like a slap in the face.
Eli could have become jealous.
Eli could have felt insecure.
He could have done nothing and not told the boy that the voice could have been God’s voice.
But instead of all the above, he chose to point the boy in the right direction and elevate him.
He showed the boy how to communicate with God and receive His message.
May we seek to elevate those around us … even at the risk of us decreasing and them increasing.
John the Baptist did it.
Eli did it.
Saul resisted it.
Herod fought against it.
Do the right thing- for in doing so and elevating others above ourselves- we do what is consistent in the Kingdom of God … we behave like stewards and not kings, acknowledging that there is a greater King we serve & whose plans matter more than our own human achievements.