Born right, but living wrong. That statement sums up the prophet Eli’s children. While Eli sat in the tabernacle, his sons, Hophni and Phineas, were polluting the Kingdom of God with lust and lasciviousness. Their sins were not of the secret variety, rather they chose to flaunt their hellish action on the steps of the church house. Watching all of this was a young man named Samuel. He had a bright future and a solid connection with God. Obviously, the danger to Samuel was that at a very impressionable age his mentors were carnal and far from God.
Yet, the bible says that Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord, and with men. This growing boy turned into a man who later became a prophet. As a prophet he was instrumental in Israel transitioning from King Saul to King David; a transition that would ultimately change the course of our spiritual history.
What lessons can we learn from this story?
1. You can be raised in church by a prophet and still go to hell.
2. When you decide to get off your feet and sit on a seat, your legacy will fall apart. Your children need you to be an active worshipper in the tabernacle.
3. We need more mentors in our churches.
4. We are one generation away from extinction.
5. You can grow even if you are the only one doing so in the church.
6. While you grow don’t keep your eyes on the carnal people in the church, keep them on God.
7. Be more concerned with pleasing God, than you are with pleasing man.
8. The best habits are developed early in life.
9. You never know what ministry God will bring you to. So keep growing.
10. You can’t get Samuel’s anointing overnight.
11. A nationwide revolution can start with young people.