This morning I thank God for the fresh air we breathe and for His love to us that we are still on the land of the living to offer praise and thank. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. — 2 Peter 1:3
“Sorry, you just don’t have the experience we’re looking for.”
“Sorry, but we’re looking for someone with a little more education.”
“What were some major accomplishments (if any), while being a stay-at-home parent?”
“While working at your previous company, did you do any volunteer work at all?”
It can really be tough in the job market. After a few interviews and even more rejection letters, a person can feel completely inadequate. Fortunately, in God’s economy, every believer is immediately qualified for Kingdom work. Peter reminds us that the Holy Spirit equips each believer with everything necessary to please our Father. That’s great news.
But, even within the earthly church, it’s easy to feel inadequate when surrounded by believers with long histories of ministry or the ability to memorize long passages of Scripture. We need to remember that nothing more special than the Holy Spirit is required to serve God effectively. We all have everything necessary to do our jobs within the Kingdom.
Still, Peter doesn’t stop with this reassurance. He challenges every believer to add personal disciplines that will build character, mature us, and be used to encourage the church as a whole. He goes on to write, “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone” (2 Peter 1:5-7). What we see today is not near to what Peter ask us. There is a complete opposite. We move from love to jealousy, to scandal, backbiting, rumour mongering, until it gets to the point that hatred takes over. We no longer see the person we once called brother or sister. What we see is an enemy, a reject or an evil spirit. While we feel that way toward another person, I often wonder how far have we fallen from the principles that God laid out for us in His word?
The pursuit of these virtues that Peter outline in the paragraph above is just one way of expressing our thanks and love to the God who rescued us from our complete inadequacy. Having the Holy Spirit with us at all times, we can depend on Him to guide us through the stresses that are used to hone (sharpen) these virtues. All that is asked of us is that we continue on and not give up. This morning we the Mystical Children can make a big difference to our brothers and sisters and in the community where we reside. Turn your hatred, jealousy, anger, malice, and the things that oppose the word of God into love and that simple virtue of “LOVE” will transcend into changing lives. Those who are close to me and have been following me personally should see my testimony. I will not tell you what to do if I can’t do it myself. God wants me to be a doer of His word and not a “show self”. So like the hymn writer I say use me Lord for your honour and glory.
Being fully equipped by the Holy Spirit, let’s heed his guidance and pursue spiritual maturity. May we ever strive to become all that God has called us to be, and may He ever grant us the ability to serve him faithfully. This is your time and moment so let us get out there and do what God requires of us. Hallelujah.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
Administrator and Apostolic Head
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