Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christ experiencing himself through you

Ten days ago while lying in a hospital bed, soaked with fear, a voice came to me in the middle of the night that said ‘the life you live is not about you!   The life you live is Christ experiencing himself through you’. This brief message continues to sustain and strengthen me throughout my physical and emotional struggle. It simply could not have come at a better time.

I don’t know exactly when and where the idea of God experiencing itself through us came but realized it has a lot to do with the True Self and the False or Ego Self.  In order to connect with the True Self we are called to deny our Ego (which is not easy or obvious). The Bible speaks of the False Self in terms of ‘Flesh’ and the True Self as the spirit self.  Therefore we are all Holy Creations capable of great unholy actions, thoughts and deeds.  But did God not create us with a free will?   Scripture tells us when we re-learn to trust in God “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now lives in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,* who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20.  Jesus said that children already live in the Kingdom, which also suggests that most of us lose the ability to trust in God as we mature into adulthood.  So, to regain that trust we must re-learn what we already knew as a child.

With the awareness that God rests in every soul we can be assured that “if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit* is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ* from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through* his Spirit that dwells in you. Romans 8: 10-20

Now don’t get caught up in the religious term ‘sin’ as fearing the wrath of  God, but rather as opportunities to help you recognize your True Self from the False Self. God does not ever leave your presence just because you ‘missed the mark’!   (that's what the word 'sin' means from the original Greek) God does not punish, reward or hand out favours. In fact each time we sin he draws us closer because he desires nothing more than your whole self.  Believe me God is more interested in our potential than in our mistakes.  In fact scripture reminds us that God does not remember our sins.

Fr Richard Rohr writes (Job and the Mystery of Suffering) “God loves us so perfectly he lets us be the heroes. God lets us wrestle with the angel of Yahweh, lets us struggle with God and win. When we try to let go and give our life to God, God gives it back to us. Should we be surprised? That's what love does. That's the only thing you can get excited about when you're in love--giving your life to the other and seeing enjoyment in the other. That's the union toward which God is calling us. The lover delighting in the beloved and the beloved delighting in the lover”.

If you are still stuck on the ‘sin’ rather than your potential know that you are totally entitled to claim your inheritance of the True Self  at any time because   you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir. Gal. 4:7

Simply by trusting  in and accepting God’s unconditional love we can allow ourselves to transformed into the very image of God. 2 Cor. 3:18  We may never completely succeed but God knows our heart and keeps us close to his.

Negative thoughts keep you awake?  Claim the mind of the Lord, its free.  for who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Cor. 2:16

The choice is entirely yours, but remember You are responsible... for creating your own belief system and internal map of the world. For interpreting situations however you do and creating feelings based on those interpretations. For your choices, decisions and actions. For being true to your own judgment but never being judgmental of others. For communicating with honesty and integrity, developing and maintaining an open mind, and promoting understanding and empathy. For never compromising your freedoms and rights nor trampling on another's. For always acting from the primary motivation of love. That's all and quite enough.  Brother Mandus

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Finally in our daily struggles it may be helpful to recall that ‘the life you live is not about you!   The life you live is Christ experiencing himself through you’.

BTW. By truly recognizing that God resides in all humans we have to accept that God comes in many disguises and that's certainly not always easy.  

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