Co-authored with Andrea Garzon
“It isn’t a matter of continually allowing Him to come into your life, because you have received Him. But it is the recognition of Another. Another is the functioning one. Another is the Person who inspires the prayers and imparts the faith and thinks the thoughts through our minds and expresses His compassion through our hearts and puts our bodies into action.” (Norman Grubb)
Paul wrote that Christ is all in all. Being ‘all’ means that He is ‘all’. He is my emotions, my desires, my thoughts, everything. What is left for me? Nothing! So here I am a perfect expression of God, a spot of consciousness, but by His grace it feels like me. What a mystery this is.
It must then be true that entering God’s rest pertains to this discovery. If He is all I can rest and just let life flow in all its diversity. The challenge is to hold fast to this by faith in the face of all our oddities, strange thoughts, seemingly ‘unholy’ desires etc. If He is all then those are Him as well.
“Call on me” God admonishes us. But, what does this mean? It doesn’t mean calling on a God apart from us (even though that in a sense sometimes is true, and further that this is how we first call on Him). Basically it means that we call on the God who lives and moves as us that He shall manifest Himself as us in our consciousness so that we again see that He is all in all in us. That casts out fear, worries of whatever we face that troubles us. Since He is all it means that whatever we face in our daily living and which disturbs our equilibrium are His problems, and we are privileged to see Him deliver us.
It was Jesus who said: “come to me”. When He invited us to come to Him He didn’t mean He was a God and savior afar off. He wants us to understand by His invitation that this “come” is our stepping stone to the great realization of “You are my everything”.
The only way to deal with His invitation is from a union perspective, which is the reality of the gospel. When we do we may encounter some seeming contradictions like this: “Come to me all who are weary…” or “whosoever loses his life will gain it…” How can a person united one spirit with Him come to Him”? Or a dead person lose his life in order to gain it? This might seem as slightly paradoxical statements but they perfectly fit in terms of our process of inner recognition of our union reality. Even though our death, burial and resurrection in Christ is a reality, we don´t always walk in this truth. When we lose of sight that He is the functioning One we call on Him.
Whosoever loses his life will gain His life (the real life) and whosoever looks for his life, will lose His life. Jesus IS the life, so losing His life implies death and anguish and separation from He who is Life. This is how we perceive it in our consciousnesses and this anguish is meant to propel us into the truth of who we are. To look for my life is to try to go outside God, which is impossible, and look after myself in the similitude of Adam and lead life in struggle and fear.
“His life” is the very glory of God. This is the exchanged life which we are given in Christ where He is the all in all. To lose our lives implies to let go. To give up protecting ourselves and recognize that He is all we need and that every promise is fulfilled in us by Him.
Adam’s sin doomed us to the anguish of trying to produce life apart from the Source. However, we were not created to just exist, as a life outside God is, but we were designed to be partakers of the same glory and abundant life the Son has in Himself. We are given this life, but in order to recognize His life as us we are taken through the anguish of keeping the law and keeping ourselves until our awarenesses are expanded to see through to the only One.
Strife does not refer to physical strife, but to a subconscious constant labor that drains us. Jesus said: “come to me”. How can we come if we are one? Our union with God as well as our death are realities, but they “become real” to us when we get to experience them. Our faith journey begins with a mindset of separation – something we all face when we start out our walk. That illusion of separation is walking in accordance with what we see. The recognition of another can only be our property by revelation, which we embrace in faith.
Repentance is when we come to juncture of “I cannot, only God can”, and this is often a painful letting go of ourselves. In order to come to this point, it is necessary to go through the “trying” until we have exhausted all our human resources.
When that illusion of separation takes hold of us we call on Him and come to Him. We ‘come’ in our consciousness to the One who is our life so that our real life can manifest itself in our awareness. Another is the functioning one.