FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PATRIARCH AND PRESIDING PRELATE
His All-Holiness Sir Dr. Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson
Your Life Is a Witness
This morning I greet you in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ our soon coming King. It is with joy unspeakable and full of glory that I write to you on this blessed Sunday. To God are all the honour and the glory for taking the Queen Abbess and Senior Bishop with me to the beautiful shores of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to sup with brethren. The Bible tells us in the Book of Psalm “How good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity.” To see the lovely face of First Lady Latoya Quow set the tone for the fellowship we are still talking about. Let me get into the message for today.
“Do all things without murmurings and disputings:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” (Philippians 2:14-15)
Often we think of the things we do for God as something extra on top of our regular lives. You may be looking at the calendar – full of school and church commitments, soccer games and dentist appointments — and wondering, “How am I going to add sharing my faith to this?”
The answer is to be intentional about bringing God into what you are already doing. Look to the places where you’ve committed your time and energy and see how they can become an opportunity to tell others about God. Look at your preaching, your church and the company you associate with outside your home. My Archbishop Sir Dr Godfrey Gregg often says” If you were not present your name will not be called.” I learned a great lesson from that statement.
You’ve probably heard that quote, “Your life may be the only Bible someone will ever read.” It can be an intimidating thought. Whether you mean to or not, you’re witnessing Jesus everywhere you go and every time you open your mouth. This is why it’s so important to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit. On our own, we’d be terrible representatives of Christ. But when we practice submitting ourselves to God moment by moment, repenting when we mess up and refocusing on what God would have us do, our lives can bear a powerful witness. Recently my Archbishop Sir Godfrey had a discussion with me; he wanted to find ways and means to further this ministry. He discussed reconciliation as one way forward. The following week I visited St. Vincent and the Grenadines to support my Bishop Hon. Andres B. Quow in a thanksgiving service. The Mystical Order was well received and acknowledge. It was my first visit there and I almost stayed with all the outpouring of love and appreciation. The love of God is ever-present on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I know I was in for a good time with the care and treatment my Queen Abbess and I received from the Hon. Abbess Lynette Charles. This was an indication of the overflowing of love from the Spiritual Baptist Community.
I want to encourage everyone that took the time to meet and greet me and welcome us to your homes and church. I can assure you that I will be back and on a higher plane. I want to extend my blessings to Archbishop Johnny Jones and Mother Trudge in a very special way. Continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. First Lady Latoya the wife of our Bishop Andres has shown us great love and grace. I pray for God’s divine blessings on you as you continue in the service of the Lord. I will love to single out everyone but time will not permit me and so I want to thank all the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for taking time out to fellowship with us. As I close let me not forget Deacon Berton Johnson for the wonderful greeting on our arrival.
Our lives witness. What is your life saying?
Lean in and listen. As you meet with other people, ask them about their lives. In the Mystical Order, I often ask people if they’d like prayer. Many people are open to the idea of prayer, even if they have no personal connection to God. If you pray for them right there, resist the urge to preach and focus on genuinely bringing the person’s needs to God. It may be more comfortable to pray for them later in private.
Think big, but start small. If you have a child in a youth sports league, be the parent who doesn’t swear at the ref. Be a blessing to the team by showing up on time, following through on promises and offering to help. As a leader, you must lead by example and allow the public to read you.
Practice being a servant for the people. In any organization, church or group there’s always a job that no one wants to do. Demonstrate your willingness to serve by taking one of those jobs and doing it with excellence. This is sometimes easier to do at church, but it’s really, really powerful when you do it out in the community. Remember your life is a mirror, let the world see Christ in you the hope of glory.
If you’re not sure how to have a spiritual conversation, check out The Ministers of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptists. You will learn to conduct yourselves in humility, love and peace. I trust that you have a wonderful day in the Lord and please find a place to worship the King of kings.