“And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.”
1 Samuel 12:20 ESV

“You have certainly done wrong.”

When was the last time you’ve heard someone say that to you? Who is the Samuel in your life? Or, a better question would be: is there even a Samuel in your life? A Samuel is someone who can guide and lead you along the path of life; this person is one whom you can trust to tell you what you need to know, whether it’s a good encouragement or a much-needed rebuke.

In most situations we find ourselves in need of someone with the authority and compassion to tell us that our worship is worthless, that our worship isn’t done with all our heart, that our back is facing God.

We all have blindsides that we can’t cover and so we need the accountability that comes along with people who can look into our lives and see whether we are truly living how God wants us to live.

It is challenging to be completely transparent with our lives to others since we all have the sins or shortcomings that we want to hide from everyone else. Apart from this, there is much to fear in a holy and jealous God, who deserves not only your singing worship songs and outward worship—but your total surrender in the secret recesses of your heart, where you hide your hidden sins.

Your sin, your wrongdoing, and your shortcomings should never be the excuse you give to not obey God with all your heart. The things you have done wrong shouldn’t drive you away from Him; instead, it should be so radically obvious that He’s the only One worth running to, with all of your heart.

That is worship: surrendering, day in and day out, to Him.

Read 1 SAMUEL 11:1 – 12:25 and see the context of this passage. What caused them to sin before the Lord? What did the Lord, through the prophet Samuel, tell the people to do despite their disobedience?