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    Author: Rev. Dr. Joel Giles

    Category: Category 1

    INTER-MISSION? OR ENTER MISSION!

    A football game has halftime.  A baseball game has the seventh inning stretch.  A play has intermission.  A church has interim.

    “Interim” means intervening time.  It comes from Latin for “meanwhile.”

    PCPC is in an interim time between senior pastors.  Every church goes through such a time every now and then.  Every pastor will eventually leave for one reason or another.  They will either move, retire or die.  (Eventually, they will do all three!)  But not every church goes through an interim time in the same way.  Some churches treat an interim time as a time to wait until real church life starts again.

    Fortunately, you aren’t treating this interim time as intermission.  You aren’t just waiting for action to resume.  You aren’t marking time, wasting time, or killing time.  You are using time.

    You are not just counting time; you are making time count.

    I admire the way you continue to make the most of your time.  You continue to hold services, classes, and groups.  You continue to maintain building and grounds and finances.  You continue to pursue outreach and missions.  And you are not just in maintenance mode.  You are striving to improve and enhance each of these areas.  Every service, class, group, activity, and team is striving to be busy and to be better.

    The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians (5:15-16): “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”  Paul is focused on what happens inside the church in Ephesians.  He goes on to say: “…Be filled with the Spirit.  Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (5:18-20)

    In a similar thought from his letter to the Christians in Colosse, Paul focuses on what happens outside the church: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6)

    Paul encourages us, whether within the walls or beyond the walls, to make the most of our time even during an interim time.  Every week, every day, every hour of time is a unique opportunity.  Make the most of it!

    As someone has well said: Don’t just add years to your life; add life to your years!

    Continue to live beyond “INTER-MISSION”.  Continue to “ENTER MISSION.”