If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NRSV)
After waking old Eli up for the third time, Samuel goes back to his bed. Samuel would be called one more time that night. This time when God calls: "Samuel! Samuel!" young Samuel pops up saying exactly what Eli instructed him to say, "Speak, for your servant is listening." And God spoke to Samuel.

One reason we might be reluctant to hear God's call is the changes He might require out of us. That night in the Temple God spoke to young Samuel and gave him some disturbing news. Samuel would become a prophet. Eli was on his way out. God told Samuel, "I am about to punish his house forever." God had seen enough of Eli's sons. Samuel would take Eli's place. Samuel probably didn't want to hear this, but God assured him he would not be alone.

We need to understand that if God calls us and we respond, "Here I am," there might be changes in store for us, too.

Lord Jesus, there have been a lot of changes in my life since you came to live in my heart. May I be open to the changes you have in store for me. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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