Today’s Pastor’s Blog is by Dr. Bill Mellinger, Pastor of Crestline First Baptist Church, Crestline, CA, taken from joelcomiskeygroup.com.
“I have the privilege and sometimes-unnerving responsibility of serving as a volunteer chaplain with our fire department. This means that I may get called in the middle of the night for a cardiac arrest. I may have to respond to a death by suicide or even a death in a structure fire. When I receive a call, I often know little more than the address and that there has been a death. Sometimes I know that it is a teenager who has committed suicide or that it is a death by gunshot or drugs. What I know is that I will be entering a traumatic scene where first responders and family are in a severe situation. I also know that the drive to the scene will be important for me to seek God’s presence, power, and wisdom to be available to whomever needs personal support.
“People often ask me how I handle such difficult situations. My sincere answer is that the Lord helps me. I have to take the time to talk to the Lord as I am driving to the scene and I constantly seek His guidance as I meet and minister to the people in crisis.
“Where do you get the strength to meet the demanding needs of ministry? I am reminded of the words of Isaiah 40:31 – ‘…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ We cannot do the work of the Lord without calling on the power of the Lord.
“Jesus knew this fact was so important that He told the disciples to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit as he ascended to Heaven. Acts 1:8 says, ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’
“This week, we are leading a ministry with children each night. I am surprised at the number of workers that come after our group prayer time. What is it that makes us so busy that we have to get ready instead of taking time to pray? Are we so busy or so disorganized that we must work right up until the last minute of our meetings without stopping to pray and to receive the blessing of the Father?
“Leaders are gifted people. By nature, we can do much in our own strength. This is a blessing and a problem. Don’t forget to seek the Lord if you are going to do the work of the Lord.”