Pastor’s Blog 11.28.18
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary . His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary , And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary , They shall walk and not faint. NKJV
This past Sunday morning, as I was sharing about waiting on the Lord, I know the Holy Spirit was revealing this truth in a powerful way. I could sense the anointing very strong while I was speaking and sharing on this. It does seem we spend so much of our time serving the Lord, just waiting on Him doesn’t it? I know sometimes, I have a tendency to “help God along” as we say. This week, someone mentioned to me something that goes along with this, and that is “ministering to the Lord” while we wait….. great idea!
38 Mary and Martha Worship and Serve Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha , Martha , you are worried and troubled about many things.
42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” NKJV
It seems we as humans, have a tendency toward getting too far one way or the other in life. I know believers that can spend their lives with Jesus and never serve a person, and others who can serve people constantly and not minister to the Lord. Like everything else we do, we need to walk in the balance of service to the Lord and service to people. The monks who became hermit cave dwellers did little to “preach the Gospel to every creature”, and the folks who run around the world to feed the poor, but barely speak the name of Jesus, are missing it too.
We really need to measure our lives against the pattern of God’s Son, and remember Jesus spent His time with the Father and the people He was called to lead. The truths of 1 Corinthians 13 could also be applied here.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. NKJV
Many times spiritual burnout occurs when we spend too much time ministering to people and not enough time with the Lord. Time with the Lord is how we get filled back up. He is the source of our strength. We have to make the call in our lives as to when to say no to serving people and yes to more time with God, and vice versa. The longer I live the more I appreciate the word “balance”. To be successful in our walk, it truly takes both!
Until next week!
- Date - November 28, 2018
- Author - David Chisholm