This is such a powerful verse.
Samuel, despite what the people thought, was telling them that even with all their sins they should not turn away from following God. He told them to serve Him with all their heart.
This gives me hope. I mess up all the time. I am by no means remotely perfect. I sin…daily. I have committed so many in my 49 years on this earth and yet I must continue to follow the Lord. I must continue to serve Him despite my thoughts on my shortcomings.
If I follow the Lord and serve Him with all my heart, despite my sins, others will see Him working in me. And that, in turn, could bring them to wanting a relationship with Him.
My children will see that despite my struggles I still place my trust in God.
That my dear friends is what it is all about.