Summary: What does the story from 1 Samuel 3:1-10 tell us. That can be applied to the church
The Sleep, The call, The answer.
(where the word preach Is by itself It is meant as a reminder to let the spirit lead and not just read notes)
1And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision. 2And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; 3And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; 4That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
PRAY (to open service)
A Native American was in downtown New York, walking with his friend, who lived in New York City. Suddenly he said, “I hear a cricket.” “Oh you*re crazy,” his friend replied. “It*s the noon hour. There are people bustling around, cars honking, taxis squealing, noises from the city. I*m sure you can not hear a cricket.” “I*m sure I do,” said the Native American. He listened attentively and then walked to the corner, looking all around. Finally on the corner he found a shrub in a large cement planter. He dug beneath the leaves and there he found a cricket! His friend was astonished. But the Cherokee said, “My ears are no different than yours. It simply depends on what you are prepared to hear. Here let me show you what I mean.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of change—a few quarters, some dimes, nickels, and pennies. And he dropped them on the concrete sidewalk. Every head within a block turned! “You see what I mean?” he said as he began picking up his coins. “It all depends on what you are listening for.”
I want to Look at a few things from our scripture today lets start with
(1) The SLEEP
(A) The first one is the sleep of carelessness we all know what it means to be careless. Like for instance when I was younger Donnie Newman and myself though it would be a good idea for me to hang onto the back of his bicycle and let him jump a hill. Well as soon as the bike started up the hill I started towards the Ground I was careless. And I had a headache.