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1 Samuel 3:3B-10, 19
Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
1 Corinthians 6:13C-15A, 17-20
John 1:35-42
After Samuel realizes the Lord is calling him, he carries with him the power of the
Lord throughout his life. In the gospel John reveals Jesus as the Messiah to his
disciples and Jesus reveals to Simon that he will be called Peter.
In this gospel, the disciples unquestioningly believe John when he proclaims,
“behold the lamb of God” and Jesus when he proclaims that Simon will be called
Cephas. It triggered me to wonder: how and why are some, more believable than
others? I think that it comes down to credibility. Influ-
encers have found a way to establish credibility in
other’s eyes. Jesus and John’s actions throughout
their life allowed them to establish credibility in the
eyes of the disciples. What must I do and say to es-
tablish Christly credibility in my community? How can I
reach those who may easily dismiss the “Christian per-
I believe that first I must do as Samuel – I must hear the Lord calling me and re-
spond as a faithful servant. In our busy lives today, sometimes it is hard to hear
the Lord. Maybe to do so I need to turn off the radio on the way to work or eat
my lunch in peaceful quiet outdoors. It is with these simple acts – that the Lord
finds a way into our ears – our minds and our hearts. Just as Samuel, once we
hear the Lord, the Lord will truly be with us.
He will guide our actions, our choices, and our effect. With the Lord, I will estab-
lish my credibility and can influence those around me whether through verbal ac-
tion or as a “silent example”. We each have our own way and role.