As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the LORD surrounds his people
both now and forevermore. — Psalm 125
I believe the Christian faith is about being the best representation of Jesus I can possibly be. I believe followers of Christ are to embody the principles of a Kingdom yet to come. I believe we are called to be the in-breaking of that Kingdom, to bring the Kingdom near by the way we live, breathe, talk and pray. I believe we are called to be the Word-in-the-flesh, Christ presence in the world.
As much as I believe that, I believe I also need credible examples of Kingdom living. I need men who walk by faith not by sight. Very recently, I’ve been taken with this feeling that I’m in the presence of these kind of men — great men — often. And another thought approaches quickly thereafter: I have no idea how I’m being changed as a result of their influence.
I have the privilege of working alongside a great group of men, my fellow ministers at Mayfair. These men are champions of the faith to me and I’m grateful for each one of them. Their compassionate hearts challenge me to love people more fully. I’m also blessed to serve some of the finest elders in the Lord’s church. These men shepherd me in so many ways, both directly and indirectly. I’m thankful for their vision, their faith, their devotion to their families and their commitment to the Kingdom. I’m a better man because of their presence in my life.
Tonight my song is one of thanksgiving and praise. I thank you, O God, for these mountains of God-presence you’ve surrounded me with. Amen.