First Baptist Church of Siler City, NC
Friday, August 14, 2020
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From the Pastor

ARE WE THERE YET?

As many of you know I was a truck driver years ago. I love to drive and find it as a form of relaxation with plenty of time to think. In fact, our daughters were born in a hospital and raised in a vehicle. Only the good Lord knows how many miles they had under their belts before they left home. As any parent knows who travels with children, not long after the trip begins, you will hear “are we there yet?”  For me this is a reflective question. Obviously, it is filled with wanting to be somewhere other than where you are at the present moment.  We put fun, laughter, excitement on hold until we arrive at our destination. However, if you are like me all these little benefits upon arrival are experienced in the going and not in the arrival.  Seeing the world through a windshield is in and of itself a trip, figuratively speaking. Living life at 70 mph moves fast with so many sights and wonders it is really hard to take them all in. Sadly, people describe their lives in places and moments where “things” of fond remembrance have occurred. Never in reference to the going and returning from these trips.

Why have I shared what I have shared? Because what I see and hear at First Baptist are things that are going to happen is always in the future, somewhere out there in La La land. A close listening ear will detect a hint of the word’s procrastination, putting off, carelessness, lazy, postpone, and delay, and let someone else do it. The absolute best time to do something is never now, but later, some other time. And yet God never promises us tomorrow, just today. Never five minutes from now, just this minute now. It has been said idleness is the devil’s workshop. If it is his workshop, then procrastination is his lifestyle and agenda, because he is never going to do anything that resembles doing God’s will. You will find him most active at church and with God’s people. Proverbs 14: 23 says, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Jesus describes when things need to be done and why. John 9: 4 says, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.”  Do not get me wrong a lot of stuff is going on. It is the kind of stuff that has gotten us to where we are, not where we need to be. Our future cannot be our past if we are in hopes of a bright tomorrow. If we put off till tomorrow what we need to do today, then tomorrow will never come.

Yes, we are on a trip to find a pastor. The search committee has begun its work. The deacons are aware of things that need to be addressed to expedite the process. No, we are not there yet. A little clarity here, your next pastor will not and cannot make First Baptist the church you envision for tomorrow. Only those on the church roll can do that. Why, because God designed it that way. On my resume I site Ephesians 4: 12 which describes my role and function as a minister, “to equip the saints to do the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”  I would think many are waiting for the new pastor for things to happen, but I think God is waiting on us for things to happen.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity God has given First Baptist. No, not to look for a pastor, but to look to God. God is under no obligation to resurrect our past from the dead, nor the ministers the church has called. Remember I have shared from Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not see it? I am making a way.”  We are left alone with an honest question; do you not see it?

At the moment I am optimistic and waiting to see how the body of Christ will handle this challenge. If we want to do what we know which is, “with God all things are possible,” then things look good. If not, well that is another trip. There are three ways we can look at this. It is up to God, it is up to Us, or it is up to God and Us.

 

In Christ,  Allen

 


About Dr. Admire:
 
At the conclusion of morning worship on 11-24 the church went into conference and voted to call Rev. Allen Admire as Interim Pastor of First Baptist. 
 
Reverend Admire received his Bachelor of Religion from Campbell University, his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary.  He has also received certifications from the American Association of Christian Counselors,  Interim Ministry Training and Intentional Interim Ministry Training through the Center for Congressional Health at Baptist Hospital.
 
Reverend Admire will be available two days each week and will preach on Sunday mornings.  The days that he is available will be dependent upon staff meetings, programs and meetings at the church, as well as needs of the congregation - such as hospital visits, etc.