SATURDAY October 20, 2018
Speak, Your Servant Hears!
Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
1 Samuel 3:10
In this verse the Lord called Samuel’s name twice, and Samuel immediately responded, “Speak, for Your servant hears!” Notice how Samuel reverenced the holiness of God and was ready to hear the Lord speak. Samuel opened his heart to the Lord and received His calling and His commission. Samuel was ready to be sent.
Leaders should be good listeners. They need to hear God’s voice, but they also need to listen to people. Sometimes, as they minister to others, they talk too much. It is really easy for them to talk at length without giving an opportunity for the other person to speak. They should listen to them and be ready to hear what the other person has to say.
It is also important for leaders to be approachable. They are to have the heart of a servant and be available to minister to the people. At times, leaders can have a problem with pride. They get to a place where they think they have arrived and know it all. If you are a leader, be careful; pride can sneak into your life and make your heart callous.
Leaders need to remain teachable. They must be able to learn from what other people have to say. They may fail to receive from different teachers the Lord is using, and they become critical. Honestly, it does not matter who is speaking. Why? It is the Word of God, and God’s Word never comes back void. What is important is to hear God’s voice through the message. When you listen to a message, you should hear what the Lord is saying to you and what you need to apply to your own life––bottom line.
Lord, there seem to be a thousand voices calling to me in this world. Help me to discern Your voice above them all and obediently listen!
~A. W. Tozer~
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