It is great to distinguish yourself. One need only open You tube to find countless examples of people working to set themselves apart and establish their place in this world. We are also called to be set apart. And God, being the father that he is simply wants us to be set apart from a world gone bad. So How do we set ourselves apart?
In this passage we see three factors that make us unique. 1) Believing Jesus is the Christ (Messiah). 2) Loving God and Loving his kids. 3) Keeping his Commands–By faith. It is mostly a matter of trust–trusting God to be God, trusting Christ to be the risen Savior and trusting God’s plan to be designed to make us like him and to prepare us for Eternity. If we do that, we will be SET APART.
God Bless You
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Samuel went into the service of the Priest Eli. Eli had 2 sons. They had no respect for the Lord. They treated their duties with Contempt—they treated their father with contempt and worst they treated God and his sacrifice with contempt. What an environment for a child who is to serve God all his life. Fortunately, God’s plan is often greater than even his priests! What an important reminder for us as his children to remember that we are often God’s representative to the people. He does not take lightly the mistreatment of his people, his name or his sacrifice.
In our lives, we are often faced with opportunities to represent God. If we try to act in our own power, it is like Eli’s boys acted about the sacrifice. We need to remember as living sacrifices, we need to submit to God’s leadership—honor his name and walk humbly in his love. We respect his plan. We do not try to do this on our own, but we simply follow his lead—like Samuel. Then we can enjoy his peace that truly passes all understanding.
God Bless You.
12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord 13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, 14 the servant would stick the fork into the pot and demand that whatever it brought up be given to Eli’s sons. All the Israelites who came to worship at Shiloh were treated this way. 15 Sometimes the servant would come even before the animal’s fat had been burned on the altar. He would demand raw meat before it had been boiled so that it could be used for roasting.
16 The man offering the sacrifice might reply, “Take as much as you want, but the fat must be burned first.” Then the servant would demand, “No, give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.” 17 So the sin of these young men was very serious in the Lord’s sight, for they treated the Lord’s offerings with contempt.