Our guest today is Clint Harrill. He's a full-time minister who farms on the side. Just a few years ago he was going through his second divorce and it was only the love of his niece that pointed him back to Christ.
He got involved in a discipleship relationship that kept him connected and accountable. Now he's moved beyond his previous borders and has been involved in ministry in Texas, Canada and more.
Listen to the power of what God can do.
Getting to know Clint
Life in Ministry
Clint was born and raised in Forest City, NC. It's about halfway between Ashville and Charlotte. He grew up on a cattle farm and came to Christ at a young age.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians [2:20])
Clint shared about a time about 4 years ago when God really transformed his life. Throughout his life, he'd had a bad habit of running to the world rather than God whenever he hit a struggle. And he was following that pattern as he was going through his second divorce.
But his relationship with his niece, who was about 4 at the time, made all the difference. Knowing that she loved him made him take stock of what was going on.
“God just used that little girl's love for me to break me.”
What's been different this time?
Before, he just started going to church. But he never really poured himself into a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. But he's realized that he has to pour into God: Bible, intimate prayer, exalting and surrendering to Christ.
Then, he began to share his faith, according to Philemon 1:6. He's been active in his faith.
As we begin to share our faith, I feel like God honors that.
Because he's single, he has a lot of time by himself to spend time time talking with God.
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What Clint means when he talks about ministry
His key statement is M3 to 4G
- Motivate (believers)
- Mobilize (into their communities)
- Multiply (disciples and churches to the 4th generation and beyond)
Sometimes that means training existing believers in traditional churches. Other times it involves prayer walking.
Challenges Clint sometimes faces
Often, the biggest thing is the spiritual warfare that begins whenever someone comes to Christ. It can be difficult to stay in touch and disciple them the way they need to be discipled. Being intentional about building relationship and doing life together.
Note: In my comment I referenced Paul's words to Timothy but it was actually his Epistles to the Corinthians I was thinking about. I apologize for the error.
What excites Clint
It's primarily what Jesus did. What He taught the disciples to do. And what the Apostle Paul did and so on.
Jesus began his ministry with 12 men and now here we are.
What has most encouraged and strengthened Clint
For Clint, it's primarily watching the Holy Spirit work. He gets to see how God comes through and knows that it's about God, not himself.
He truly is working in the hearts of people and he's just asking me to go.
Our focus on YOU, the listener
Does what YOU do matter in the marketplace matter for Kingdom?
That means that wherever he's placed us is our mission field. All of our stages are different but we all have a stage.
Give me that one person today that you'd have me speak into their life.
What's the first step to being an ambassador for the Kingdom?
Prayer – Begin to pray for the people in our paths, in our lives. Ask God to set us up with a clear opportunity to share the Gospel and show God's love.
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- Love God with all your heart, mind and strength
- Love your neighbor
- Go make disciples
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