FOLLOWING THE SHEPHERD

  • vICE gcoMy brothers and sisters in the Lord and this ministry of The Mystical Order; I come again to you wherever this post will meet you as we strive to reach the place where God has ordained for us. Let us turn to the Book of second Corinthians chapter 16 and verse 15.

1 Corinthians 16:15:
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first-fruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

I thought of these things as I face the challenges of the daily activities leading the faithful in Christ. I realized that concerning my work with the Mystical Order, I have been somewhat reluctant to bear the full yoke of leadership… not because of laziness or fear, but because I was not clear on my direction (since I embraced the three-fold ministry). I have over extended myself to reach the limits. As much as anything, I have been guided by the hurtful practices I’ve experienced in other ministries, things I pledged not to repeat The code of confidentiality). But knowing what not to do is not enough. The “thou shalt nots” of the Ten Commandments are fairly meaningless without the “shalts”: thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The shalt part of my mission has been gradually unfolding to me.

In the end, my goals are so simple that you might scratch your head and think, “It took you ten years to figure that out?” Well… yes. My mission statement comes from this passage:

2 Timothy 2:2-5:
2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4: No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
5: And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Before you can teach faithful men you must first find them. Just like the servant of Abraham who was sent to find a bride for Isaac, one cannot succeed in such a quest without help from God. Faithfulness cannot be taught or mandated. Faithfulness to God comes from within, born of a desire to please him that borders on obsession.

And so I must seek out faithful believers. But once they’ve been found, what should they be taught? Behold the endless array of titles at any Christian bookstore or those in a church. How true are the words of the Preacher!

Ecclesiastes 12:12:
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

There is a difference between what is necessary and what is interesting. No one will fail God for a lack of Biblical trivia. My mission is to teach faithful men the things they need to know in order to live free and serve God. But once again, this conclusion leads to a question only God can answer: what does a person need to know to live free and serve God? At least part of the answer is found in this same section of Second Timothy:

2 Timothy 2:3:
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Perhaps the first lesson in enduring hardness is to expect it. Learning to endure hardness does not come easy to anyone, but it is especially difficult for those who think that a Christian should live a trouble-free life, taking dominion over this and claiming that every step of the way! The people who expect life to be a bed of roses will be scratched by the thorns. We need to be strengthened for the fight.

I think every generation believes they are more squeezed by the pressures of life than any other generation before them. It has always been a challenge to live a sanctified life. The entanglements of life are the greatest threat to our servitude. My brothers and sisters it is your duty to fight until the end. I recall my last vision when I reached to the tomb of Ezekiel and the instructions to cross over. Oh what a journey it was to follow the instruction. I will one day write on that journey and give you an insight to the life of the prophet. The question is knowing who you are and where you are going. I thank God for my Spiritual Mother and Queen Abbess the Hon. Julia. The encouragement is to fight and never let go.

2 Timothy 2:4:
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

It is a leader’s burden is to help others lay up much treasure in heaven. God forbid we labor in vain. We must strive according to good doctrine.

2 Timothy 2:5:
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Such a high calling is impossible for fulfill by our natural ability. Thankfully, anything that God asks of us, he will enable us to fulfill. Let us strive together for the masteries as workers together with the Lord.

Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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Author: Godfrey Gregg