What is a first responder? By definition it is: A person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In a spiritual sense, God is looking for people who will respond to His call for salvation and/or intervention. There are over 1800 references to the word “come” in the Bible, many of which refer to humanity coming to Christ. In Genesis Chapter 7 we read about the call to Noah to “come” into the ark in order to save humanity. Genesis 7:1 (Concerning the Great Flood) Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. Since that time, God has continually echoed that same word (“come”) and fully expects us to be first responders to His call for repentance. For those who are lost, confused and weary He says: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. In the Old Testament book of Isaiah God calls out: “Come, all who thirsts…” In the New Testament, St. Paul says: “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13. And in the very last book of the Bible, God beckons us: The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come,” and let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation 22:17
God loves First Responders!! Those of us who hear the voice of God and respond quickly end up being blessed in life. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.“ John 10:27. Our faith is increased as we respond the call of God. So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17.
We have a unified command system now where everyone -- police, fire, the sheriff’s office, doctors, coroners, local and state and federal officials -- operate under one voice, who is in charge of water recovery efforts are in effect. We all operate now under the 800 (megahertz radio frequency system), which was the biggest criticism after 9/11. We can now have multiple agencies at any given disaster who are able to speak to each other. God is calling out to all of humanity with His unified command system saying: “COME.” Be a first responder!