Rely on Him!
by Richard Rocco ◊ Oct 07, 2011
As a pastor, I have good days and bad days like everyone else. Unity in the staff, no one sick or dying, bills are paid, no leaks in the old building that we meet in…that’s a good day. Lately, I have been having some tough days. It seems that when it rains, it pours. With people in turmoil by emotional stress, physical sickness, and financial woes, along with Lisa’s and my move from our third floor apartment to our almost renovated second floor apartment, it really has taken a toll on my physical body. I have been weak for the past couple of days, but I know that God is always in control. I have been relying on Him for my strength and guidance more and more. I can’t tell you how many times I have been in this same position in the past and have taken it into my own hands. It seems like guys just need to fix it. That’s me! I need to see the problem, come up with the solution, and fix it. I have realized, as I get older, that I need to rely on the wisdom and strength of the Lord. Call it what you want, but I call it wisdom.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
If we really want to make a God difference in our life and those around us, then we need to rely on the giver of life…GOD. I’m finding that, more and more, when I step aside and let God speak through me, His wisdom comes out. I am becoming more aware of the Holy Spirit in me. We serve a God that wants to get involved with our everyday lives. He cares for us and loves us in everything we go through. The church is more than somewhere we meet on a Sunday morning. It’s the body of Christ with Jesus Christ being the head. When one part of the body hurts, the other parts come to the rescue.
1 Corinthians 12:27 tells us, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
We need to be there for one another. Not in our own power, but in the strength of the Lord. There are many sitting right next to us at work, school, or even in our churches that are hurting badly and we don’t even know it. I believe that we should pray for discernment. What’s that? Eyes to see how the Lord sees.
Matthew 9:36 says about Jesus, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”
Jesus didn’t just see a bunch of people doing life, he saw a people that had no hope. Sheep with no shepherd are in big trouble. They are subject to attacks, lack of shelter, and void of any direction. Our prayer should always be, “Lord, give me eyes to see what you see, strength in my weakness, wisdom that only you can give, and a heart to want to make a difference in someone’s life.”
Who knows, maybe today, you can make a difference in someone’s life that will last forever. Until next time, Faith Matters.
Richard Rocco is the Pastor of Frontline Christian Church, 2340 State Street, Hamden. For more information, please visit www.frontlinecc.com or call 203.287.9417.