The call rings with inspiration and challenge my brothers and sisters as we continue to look into our challenges and partner with Christ. This morning it is with that knowledge that we lift up our hands and say thank You Lord for accepting me for who I am.
The scripture for this morning begins with the catch word but. But there will be struggle as well as strength. There will be pain as well as power. There will be shame as well as the glory of God’s presence. The purpose of the partnership in suffering is revealed.
But this beautiful treasure is contained in us — cracked pots made of earth and clay — so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us. — 2 Corinthians 4:7
Make the verse personal: Make it personal as you read with your name embedded. God places His treasure, the Spirit of Jesus (Acts 16:7; Philippians 1:19), in you. Yet, you have faults, flaws, and failures. Surely it is the wrong setting for such a diamond, yet, that is the point. Attention is drawn to the glittering light rather than the humble setting. You are evidence, the verification, the proof, and the living reminder of God’s work in the world. And God answers our prayer; He leads us and delivers us. You see my brethren everything, we see failures in another, it is a grim reminder how fortunate we are that Jesus came to shape us. So many people walk without a hope and it is your business and duty to remind them that in Christ Jesus there is hope of a new life.
We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them. We are bewildered at times, but we do not give in to despair. We are persecuted, but we have not been abandoned. We have been knocked down, but we are not destroyed. We always carry around in our bodies the reality of the brutal death of and suffering of Jesus. As a result, His resurrection life rises and reveals its wondrous power in our bodies as well. — 2 Corinthians 4:8–10 This is the yearly season when we find time to be pious and holy. There is more to it because God is the God of every day, season, year and every individual. Don’t be reluctant in finding your true purpose. Let us face the challenge and inspire others that the journey is complete and we just have to fulfill our purpose by walking.
The reluctant journey of Christ, His brutal death and suffering, is alive and at work in us. His death was a direct confrontation with the unholy trinity: sin, death, and the Devil. His work continues in us. We are His partners in the continuing battle. Thus, His resurrected life shines out through us. May Almighty God bless and keep us now and forever. AMEN
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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