One of my favorite Bible stories is that of Samuel. His mother, Hannah, had begged God to give her a child. God blessed her with a son, Samuel, whom Hannah brought to serve in the temple.
We can imagine little Samuel helping Eli, the high priest in the temple of Shiloh. Samuel might have done chores and run errands for Eli and the believers who came to the temple. Samuel’s work must have been hard, but he served diligently as a loving and faithful steward in God’s house.
Samuel served God with all his strength. He didn’t complain when he thought Eli was calling him in the middle of the night; he was zealous! For Samuel, no work was menial, and every job was important. Because Samuel was faithful in small matters, God entrusted him with big matters. Samuel eventually became one of Israel’s greatest prophets.
Loving God with all our strength means volunteering our time, talents, care, and resources for God and others. No work is menial or degrading in the service of God — every act of service is holy and pleasing to God. The story of Samuel can inspire us to serve God with all our strength.