“I and the Father are one…. If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and, I am in the Father.” John 10:30,37-38
Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent, the time of preparation through study, prayer, and meditation, as we look forward to Easter Sunday, Resurrection Sunday. So let’s move forward for our readiness as we focus on how we can abide with Him.
Author, Shel Silverstein, in an article wrote of the opportunity that is at hand for each one of us every day in a little piece entitled “Magic Carpet.” He said:
“You have a magic carpet
that will whiz you through the air
To Spain or Maine or Africa
if you’ll just tell it where.
So will it let you let it take you
where you’ve never been before?
Or will you buy it, drapes to match,
and use it on the floor?”
Well? Are you on that magic carpet now, ready to take off into your unlimited future? In each one of us is that beautiful God given potential, but some of us have been looking only outside —to that certain person or situation that would seemingly make life just right.
But, it’s not outside of us. The gifts of God and God-given talents are within. That perfect pattern each of us needs and the tools with which to open any door is God-given within us. We are equipped by God with the gift of spiritual power.
Look to see if you are living on purpose, if you are fulfilling that potential that God intended. Your Divine purpose is to grow spiritually and to uplift the humanity in your world and beyond, to be able to fully express your God-given talents. It doesn’t matter if you are twenty or ninety years old. You have gifts from God to share. God’s will is that you allow Him to express through you in whatever unique way is yours to express.
John the Baptist was speaking about positive mental adjustments when he said, “Repent, repent.” The word “repent” comes from the Greek word metanoia. Change your attitude. Change your thinking. Think about what you are experiencing right now with the eyes of God, with the eyes of that perfect pattern given to you as a child of God. And in prayer, ask for the guidance and direction, and it will come from God.
We are co-creators with God. God has given us all the skills and tools needed to achieve that desire in our heart. But we need to take a step forward in our lives by making goals and allowing God to express through us in order to create the life we really want and He wants for us..
Jesus gives us positive direction for our lives in Matthew 6:24-36. He was very specific when it came to giving us clear guidance as to what we can do and how our lives can be. Jesus said:
“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
We cannot focus on the life we desire to live–the success, happiness, joy, beauty – and also serve other things; living “a split life.” We need to turn to one or the other. He continued by saying:
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
“And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will [take care of itself].”
“Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
The kingdom of God is a process, a daily way of life of studying and coming to know God in every way we can through prayer, reading, attending services AND THEN LIVING IT.
It is, first, and foremost, an inner journey through prayer and meditation that allows us to make conscious contact and find the kingdom of God within. That is where the kingdom truly is. Seeking the kingdom of God is about–looking within as we also spiritually study.
As you seek, and ask in humble sincerity and serenity, God will come through your life in profound ways.
Jesus didn’t say to seek first to heal the body or the wounded inner child or to gain riches and then seek God. He said, “Seek FIRST the kingdom of God.” Turn first to God, and then all else shall be added for each one of us.
Placing God first in your life becomes directly proportional to the amount of ease, joy, and success you are seeking, to the degree that you allow your life to flow with God’s help.
Rather than trying to use God to “fix” our lives after we have insisted on doing it OUR way. We begin to turn to God and just ask, and God is always with you to help, respond, and gently guide.
Finding God’s truth is easy; serving God’s truth is sometimes the challenge. Each one us probably knows more about God’s truth intellectually to keep us busy for a whole lifetime. However, if we have not placed God first in all areas of our lives, we are not serving His truth and there’s little joy in it.
Open your hearts. Feel that presence and power of God. It’s here right now in this precious Holy moment.
Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God.” To know God and the operation of spiritual life, we must take time for daily prayer and meditation. Acknowledge God every morning when you wake up. In fact, you might even make a little mini-checklist of where you are. Are you on track with your life purpose of letting God express through you and show you and guide you into that next arena for you to live and express in your life?
Take time to do that in your time of prayer and meditation. Then, develop a willingness to let go of those things or situations that really are not productive in helping you accomplish your spiritual goals – all that you are seeking.
In John 4:35 Jesus said: “Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.”
Your field is already ripe for the harvest. Right now, today, God’s good is yours. Are you ready to receive it? Can you see it clearly? Can you feel the energy, the presence of the Lord ready to guide you and lift you up?
Pray this prayer with me.
Dear God, I ask and I seek Your direction for my life, help me to take a look within and to receive a clear and an understanding perception of where I am, and where I should go. I ask for Your help, and the courage, and the strength to follow the positive directions that You reveal to me.
In Jesus Christ’s name….Amen