My friend Jim Martin, who for the past twenty years has ministered to the Crestview Church in Waco, has taken the role of vice-president to Harding School of Theology and will make that transition by the first of the year.
For the last several years Jim has facilitated discipling groups in his home, comprised of a small group of ministers, each group meeting once a month for a year. I was a part of the group that met in 2012. Each month we would converge on Jim’s home (many from hours away). We’d come together and we would pray, and we would study, and we would pray, and we would discuss, and we would pray. Each month imploring of God together, to make us better disciples, better husbands, better fathers, better ministers. It was sacred space. God-ordained. Holy ground.
And so yesterday all of the ministers from each of those years gathered together to honor a mentor. To bless our friend. To pray over our brother. To attempt to convey to him what he means to us, to our families, to our churches, and to the Kingdom. It was a God-ordained day. One of those days that when they happen, there is no doubt as to the presence and faithfulness of God.
For me, yesterday was a glimpse into eternity. Only a glimpse, but Kingdom insight into how one life, impacted by God, impacted by so many other lives, is poured into the lives of others. And isn’t that the Kingdom? God pours Himself into us. Others pour their lives into us. God continues to pour. We pour our lives into others. God continues to fill. Isn’t that the Kingdom? We only get a glimpse this side of the eternity. But it’s a beautiful glimpse. A beautiful glimpse into the wonder of God.
Glory to God!