When the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel, He extended an invitation to all of us to hear His words. By answering “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1SM 3:10), Samuel accepted God’s will for us, to serve Him (cf. PS 40:8a-9a).
The invitation was extended and reaffirmed once more when His Son said to Andrew and John “Come, and you will see” (JN 1:39) and they announced to Peter “We have found the Messiah” (JN 1:41).
God wants to reveal Himself to us just as He did to Samuel and the first disciples. The extent of our participation, however, will be determined by how well we heed, pray and discern His calling and our willingness to seek spiritual direction (cf. 1SM 3:9, JN 1:35).
With His invitation, God asserts that our “bodies are members of Christ” (1 COR 6:15). By accepting his bid, we uphold God’s ownership of what His Son “purchased at a price” (1 COR 6:20), the “temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God” (1 COR 6:19).