Samuel challenges the people of Israel to remember what God has done and to serve Him faithfully and fully. These great words are also a challenge to us.
Be sure to fear the Lord. We need to give God the awe and respect He’s due because He is God Almighty. Fear here is not being frightened of God or afraid of Him but is about recognizing that He is the creator and judge of the world and thus deserves respect and awe. He is the creator and judge of the world across all time, AND He is the one who acted to save us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
We serve Him faithfully with all our heart. Don’t give God the leftovers; He should be primary, and all things should fall within our relationship with Him. That means we follow what He teaches and live a life worthy of what we’ve been called to do. What are those things?
Jesus says to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:34–40).
What a price He paid that we might consider the great things He has done. God has created you, redeemed you and given eternal life to you. These are worth giving a life of full and faithful service.