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The Willingness of a Child

In the Bible, we can read about a boy named Samuel who was sleeping when he heard someone calling his name. So, he went to a man named Eli who was in charge of him. (Eli was kind of like an uncle and a teacher to Eli at this point in his life...) Eli had not called him, so he told Samuel to go back to sleep. This happened two more times. And by the third time, Eli realized that God was calling Samuel, and he told him what to do...

So he said to Samuel, "Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, 'Speak, LORD, your servant is listening.'" So Samuel went back to bed. And the LORD came and called as before, "Samuel! Samuel!" And Samuel replied, "Speak, your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:9-10

As it turns out, God had a message for Samuel. God could have just given that message to Eli or to another adult. But God chose Samuel.

We don't know why God picked Samuel. But God's choice tells us that he knows children can serve him well. They can serve him because their faith makes them willing.

Samuel listened intently to the message God had for him. He remembered it and shared it with Eli when Eli asked him about it. He did the job God had called him to do.

And he kept doing it, too.

As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him, and everything Samuel said proved to be reliable. And all Israel, from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south, knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD. The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh and gave messages to Samuel there at the Tabernacle. And Samuel's words went out to all the people of Israel. 1 Samuel 3:19-21, 4:1

Maybe God has a job for you to do today. Maybe he will have one for you tomorrow. If he does, know that he has also given you the faith and the willingness to do it, too.


Read Luke 1:26-38

Mary was not much more than a child - probably a teen - when she learned she was going to be the mother of Jesus. What do you notice about her response to God's message? How is it similar to Samuel's response? How do they both show their willingness to do what God has called them to do?


Pray in Color

Write the word WILLING in the middle of a blank piece of paper. Then, continue doodling, drawing, and writing as you talk to God. Talk to him about being a willing servant, asking him questions and listening, too!


Write the word WILLING somewhere you will see it this week: a planner you use for school, a whiteboard or mirror in your room, or just a sticky note. You can even put it a few different places. Let it remind you to listen and be willing to do what God puts in front of you.

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