Good morning and to God be all the honour and the glory. Let us praise the Lord for all His benefits at our hands. This is the day that the Lord has made and we are going to rejoice and be glad in it. Turn with me to the Book of Numbers chapter 27 and we will read verses 16 and 17.
16: Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
17: Which may go out before them, and which may go in before them, and which may lead them out, and which may bring them in; that the congregation of the LORD be not as sheep which have no shepherd.
These words were spoken by Moses when he ordained Joshua to assume the leadership of the tribes of Israel. What was true yesterday is true today: the people of God are sheep, and as sheep, they need a shepherd to lead them. Now I realize some people are offended by this idea. They will tell you with no small amount of indignation, “I am no sheep!” To them, a sheep is the someone who mindlessly follows the crowd. And while it is true that many people are guilty of this, that doesn’t change the truth that God’s people are sheep. So for a Christian, the question is not, are you a sheep? The question is, who is your shepherd?
In a best case scenario, the job of leading God’s people is done by the Holy Spirit. But even so, the third person of the Trinity is the Spirit of the LORD working through people to carry out God’s will. Authentic Christian leadership is the result of the Holy Spirit’s work in and through a submitted vessel. But there is no way to eliminate the human component, and whenever humans are involved, things will be less than perfect. Human frailty in ourselves and others is something we will contend with all our mortal days.
People need to be led, and certain people are born to bear that fearsome yoke of leadership. And just like Abraham, Moses, David… and every other human being… they will come short of the glory of God. As it was yesterday so it is today. The people will always rebel and complain about their leader. The did in the past and even with Jesus so there is no difference today. The BIG question are all leaders called to lead?
Unless he is content to lead his people in circles, a leader must know where he is going. Like the wise men of the east, he must know what star he follows. At The Mystical Order our, our pastor is faithful to his ideals. Some may not like his style but even if all walk away he is still the pastor and leader. The Leader wants to lead a congregation in which each member participates in mutual ministry; he wants to oversee a church led by the Holy Spirit and not someone’s agenda-of-the-week. So in a manner of speaking, I believe our leader and pastor is equipped to lead as he has done for many years. I believe this is one of his strengths – he can smell out someone trying to “steer” the Holy Spirit. Our congregation is very grateful for his steadfast leadership and faithful service. I am certain there have been times when he was tempted to walk away from the responsibility of leading a fellowship week after week, month after month, and year after year, but like all true servants of God, for him it is nothing less than an addiction. Before there was the Mystical Order there was Starlight and it will always be there for the people that are willing to serve the Lord.
I shall continue this discussion and lift up the Name of Jesus.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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