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Heart & Mind

1 Samuel 2:35
Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind.

What is it to be a faithful priest? The Lord defines it here as someone who does what is in His heart and mind. It is someone who understands God's love for people and allows it to shape our interaction with those within our circle of care. It is someone who wants to know the mind of God for people and situations.

What I am struck by again is the lack of training that a leader gives in these areas ("doing according to God's heart and mind") to those under his care. Eli's son were so wicked that they were cursed to death. Since God couldn't use Hophni and Phineas, he had to start again with Samuel. The first thing Samuel learns is to hear God's voice. Funny thing is, he learns this from Eli. Did Eli train his sons in this? I don't think so, for this reason. 3:8 says "Eli percieved that the LORD had called the boy." God speaking to Eli must not have been a regular occurrance since it took Samuel 3 times coming to him before Eli caught on. If it wasn't happening to Eli, how could he train his sons in it? There is no way to serve God and his people, to know God's heart and mind, without learning how to hear Him. Eventually, Samuel begins to speak for God. He became not only a priest, but a prophet (and judge) as well.

Not only am I a pastor of a church, but I am also the priest of my home. In fact, all who are Christ's are "kings and priests" (I Peter 2:9). So I would assume that we all have have a responsibility to be faithful, doing what is in the heart and mind of God.

Lord, I want to know your heart and mind.

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