Should we have made a life from externalities, these shadows will be our life. If we have made a life from routines and behaviours, they will be what we might call our Christian life. Should ‘church’ and its culture absorb our attention we might think that this is our life with God. But our life with God is our life in God. This union and this fellowship has little to do with a set of behaviours and institutional participation. A genuine life with God comes from our BEING WOVEN INTO THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE TRINITY. This is synonymous with being woven into life. Little wonder that some struggle with a severe lack of spiritual discernment when they have never really come to terms with seeing life as life is – because they are still outside it.
There’s a lot in REALISING. Realising is seeing reality.
Thus Jesus says, ‘On that day YOU WILL REALIZE that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. Should we have realised this we will have a real relationship with God – union with God in spirit and truth. This is an interwoveness of being that goes beyond the notion of the letter that deceives so that we know God as God is and ourselves as we are and as we are becoming.
This kind of ‘knowing’ is the result of a relationship with Reality. Here we are liberated from the confusions, relativisms and lies of the knowledge of good and evil to become immersed the adventure of a life lived in spirit and in truth. We are baptised into life!
‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV.
This union with God; this situation and positioning of our being WHERE IT BELONGS in sonship with God is the engine of the Kingdom. It is the key to spiritual discernment and the ability define life and to love ourselves and love others as our selves.
So we have entered a condition were we are one with life and we know life. We can separate it from death and every shadow of the real. Here you are free. You are not contained in the routines of externality. Others remain tied to artifice because that’s all they have. Take away these husks of conformity and they have nothing. Even though they have made an entire life from these shadows of the real they are joined to a fantasy. Why make a thing out of a Sabbath Day when you have a Sabbath life of rest and fruitfulness?
Should you have entered this state of liberty and wholeness (born again) some of your friends will reproach you. They regard themselves as grounded in certainties. They are contained in supposed religious solidities when what they actually have is drops of life instead of rivers of living water. They have a phantom of themselves instead of the substance of genuine sonship. It’s possible to give talks on topics like ‘sonship’ and expound on their merits. Yet remain a ghost of our real selves and a shadow of a real son.
Richard Rohr, an apostle of the ‘True Self’ and the Living Way writes, “Only your soul can know the soul of other things. Only a part can recognize the whole from which it came. But first something within you, your True Self, must be awakened. Those who have not made contact with their own souls will think you are talking gibberish and silliness when you talk about spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:10–16), and they are just being honest with their limited experience.
Conversely, many religious people will defend their own lack of any God experience by calling you a “heretic” or wrong, because you are speaking beyond their limited experience. They are sincere, too, although often not very humble or very kind (I get my cruellest letters from religious people). This is exactly why Jesus said, “All will hate you because of me” (Luke 21:17), and even, “Blessed are you when they hate you” (Luke 6:22). He wanted us to be prepared for this common surprise.” (1)
Ever wondered why when Life Himself came among us that we killed Him? Yet Jesus used this atrocity to undo death and humbug from within. You have been received into HIS LIFE. He is your life. Life is a person. Multiply Jesus and you will be doing what you were born to do.
(1) Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self . SPCK. Kindle Edition.