1 Samuel 7:15-17
15 Samuel continued as Israel’s leader all the days of his life. 16 From year to year he went on a circuit from Bethel to Gilgal to Mizpah, judging Israel in all those places. 17 But he always went back to Ramah, where his home was, and there he also held court for Israel. And he built an altar there to the Lord.
Thus far has the Lord helped us…
But for Samuel faith wasn’t like a job from which you retire, a task that is completed. For him following God was his life, and his love of God and neighbour continued throughout his life. Is following Jesus who you are, or is it something you do, one activity amongst many that is picked up from time to time, but also laid down?
Lent is a good time for asking these questions, and maybe today is a good time to rededicate yourself to God. Perhaps the words of the Methodist Covenant prayer might be helpful:
I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
rank me with whom you will;
put me to doing,
put me to suffering;
let me be employed for you,
or laid aside for you,
exalted for you,
or brought low for you;
let me be full,
let me be empty,
let me have all things,
let me have nothing:
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
you are mine and I am yours. So be it.
And the covenant now made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.