Caring for One Another
And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel
was established to be a prophet of the LORD.
1 Samuel 3:20
Read 1 Samuel 3:19-21
We are not like grains of sand that lie separate from one another, but as
church members we belong together, forming the spiritual body of Christ.
This is what the Lord has decreed for His people. Through his parents, Samuel
became a member of the Old Testament church at birth. He also experienced
a bond to the congregation to which he belonged. Conversely, the
congregation also felt a bond to him. This became a special tie, because they
saw that the Word of God became a living Word in his life. He was not able to
keep the Word of God to himself. That was impossible.
Consequently, we read that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the
Lord from Dan to Beersheba. In the marginal notes of the Dutch States Bible,
we read that the congregation observed the faithfulness of Samuel as a
member of the congregation.
What does the congregation where we are members see when they observe
us? Are you a faithful member of the church as you transition into adulthood?
Do you continue to pray, “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth?”
Question: How important is your church membership to you?
Psalter 268:2, 3 (based on Psalm 100)
Know that the Lord is God indeed; Without our aid He did us make;
We are His flock, He doth us feed, And for His sheep He doth us take.
O enter then His gates with joy, Within His courts His praise proclaim;
Let thankful songs your tongues employ, O bless and magnify His name.