Growing up in my home church, we had a period where the senior pastor was stepping down and there was an opening in leadership. For this period within the church body, we had an interim pastor, one who I did not know at the time, Dr. Chuck Lawless. Over the years I connected some with him, and have done even more so in recent months, which I have been beyond blessed by.
Dr. Lawless, acting as our interim pastor, preached under a sermon series titled, “In the Meantime.” The idea was that the period we were in as a church was not one to worry about, nor one to sit back and take it easy. He repeatedly said, “live in expectancy, not expectation.” As I have so much time to process the developments of COVID-19 worldwide, the application of this message deemed extremely prudent.
I think there are several ways to apply the “Meantime” mentality, but I will tackle 2 here.
1. The Big Picture
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.2 Corinthians 4:16-18
The big picture is in the verse, explicitly, though the physical fades, it is the unseen that remains. This Earth is not our permanent home, it is but a “momentary” time, one that is fading. Being in the “Meantime,” in one form, means living in expectancy for Christ. This scripture brings both comfort and urgency to our daily lives.
- We know our current states are but temporary, and we have a much greater, eternal glory to look forward to as followers of Jesus Christ.
- With the knowledge that our time on Earth is short, it increases the need for continuous love and sharing of the gospel with all peoples, they deserve eternal glory just as much as you do.
2. The Current Crisis
The current status of the world as a whole is simply different in this current day. The spread of COVID-19 has changed the lives of almost every human being on the planet. Again. God is good, God is on His throne, and this is but a momentary affliction. However, this new “Meantime” presents new challenges to serving and loving, and just about everything else. Here are 3 ways we need to live in this “Meantime.”
- Glorify. Think of how you can/are glorifying God with your time, action, and thoughts. While some may have more time on their hands, be sure to not become stagnant and lazy.
- Reflect. What have you missed most during this time? Could you be idolizing it?
- Connect. Connect with your Father in heaven. It’s necessary. Also, find ways to connect with friends to maintain accountability, it’s easy to loose at a time like this.
The times seem strange, but we press on, knowing our God is above. If you or anyone you know needs encouragement, please shoot us an email, it would be a blessing for us to bless others.