The Eli-Samuel Relationship

9 Apr

1 Samuel 3:9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

If you remember the story of Eli and Samuel, you will know that Eli was a priest who mentored a young boy named Samuel.

One night Samuel was awakened from his sleep by someone calling out his name. He ran into the room where Eli was, but Eli said, “I did not call you, go back to bed.” After this happening a couple times, I can imagine Eli wondering to himself, “What’s going on with this child!?”

But Eli discerns that it’s the Lord speaking to him, so he instructs young Samuel in how to listen, respond, and listen…

There are many different aspects of being a disciple and making disciples, but one very important one is hearing God’s word, and helping others listen to what God is saying to them. I believe this Eli-Samuel relationship is a great picture of discipleship. Helping others learn how to be with, listen, and respond to the Lord. 

Many times I have found myself trying to “be” the Holy Spirit in someone else’s life, and proceed to dish out my wisdom without ever first instructing (encourage, urge, teach) someone else how to be still and listen to the voice of God.

Our goal is not to make disciples that follow us…but to make disciples who follow Jesus.

Do you have someone in your life that constantly pushes you back into God’s presence?

Are you becoming the person who is able to instruct and encourage others to be still and listen to the voice of God and how to respond to His call? 


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