And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days. And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground. (1 Samuel 3:1, 19)
Samuel’s mother dedicated him to the Lord and presented him to the priest Eli when the child was weaned, probably between the age of two and four. Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli for many years as an apprentice. As he grew, he found favor with God who called him to be the last judge of Israel. The word translated as minister meant servant. Samuel served Eli until the priest died. Then Samuel served God. (Read about Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1‐21, 7:1‐8:22, 9:15‐10:9.)
Among the many works of Jesus, we find, like Samuel, His most defining attribute was that of ministering or serving. Jesus left no doubt about the importance He placed on serving when He said “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Just as He came to minister to others, we, too, have an obligation to minister to those around us, to meet their needs, to care for them. Ministering is not about preaching or standing out in the crowd. We all have a ministry, a commission, a purpose which involves serving others.
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter M?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks