When we represent God as his ambassadors, we must live a life that is worthy of his name. When we do not, it is apparent. We not only ruin our names and reputation, but we put God’s credibility at issue. As he becomes real in our lives, we no longer want to feed our sinful nature. If we do, we must check our hearts and daily put those things we desire to control on the alter before him. Eli’s sons had no desire to serve God and as his priests—their sin affected the entire nation. God will not tolerate his name being used to hurt others.
We must start each day—boldly seeking him and checking our hearts to be sure we are willing to be his ambassador. As we do, we must also realize our impact upon others. We live selflessly, and patiently following the path he has set before us. As we do we will grow in favor with Him and with those we do life with.
God Bless You
22 Now Eli was very old, but he was aware of what his sons were doing to the people of Israel. He knew, for instance, that his sons were seducing the young women who assisted at the entrance of the Tabernacle.[f] 23 Eli said to them, “I have been hearing reports from all the people about the wicked things you are doing. Why do you keep sinning? 24 You must stop, my sons! The reports I hear among the Lord’s people are not good. 25 If someone sins against another person, God[g] can mediate for the guilty party. But if someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede?” But Eli’s sons wouldn’t listen to their father, for the Lord was already planning to put them to death.
26 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew taller and grew in favor with the Lord and with the people.