Life is an adventure to the bold and a routine to the plodder. Our quality of life is constructed from our ideas and accumulated concepts of the way we think things are. Sociologists speak of the social construction of reality, meaning that together as communities we compose our view of the world and the way things are and are meant to be. But this may not be the world as it is.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it’ John 1.5 NLT.
If we are fortunate we may have had parents and a community that fosters in us a reasonably accurate view of life and how it is meant to be lived. Nevertheless we all have to forge our own world view and what it means to be ourselves in spirit and in truth. Most people want to be who they are yet many are absorbed in belief systems that leave them less than they are. They plod phlegmatically in inadequate ideas that were passed on to them by their elders and peers. They tread water in decrepit notions in which they have been immersed since childhood. Some of these notions are just plain wrong. Others are mildly misaligned while others are a grave distortion. I’m speaking of ideas about God, ourselves and how we are meant to act. I’m confronting the existence of ‘other gospels.’
Those who live well use the collapse of the self brought about by adverse circumstances to re-evaluate themselves and what they have been taught. Their answer to the question, ‘What is truth?’ changes and their understanding expands their mind and their horizon to deliver a self liberated from the constraints others might put on us. Yet they become more open to the ideas of those we might previously have dismissed as whacky.
The highest calling of a son of God is to be who we are. The most dilatory action of a son is to leave the construction of our real self to others and to irresponsible enough to be satisfied with the fabrications of those we thought we could trust.
We are negligent as sons and daughters if we are too indolent to assess claims to truth without subjecting them to the template of Jesus and His word. Let’s be clear. If they speak not according to the living word there is no light in them. The living word is the new and living way – your new covenant Jesus life.
There’s more to the Kingdom that sustaining a denominational identity. There’s you and your sonship to be gained or lost according to your use of the talents He has givenyou. Will you continue your suffocated existence - the diminution of your spirit and constriction of your soul under the elephant in the room that is your long-held beliefs? Or will you rise up, tip the elephant over, give it its marching orders and begin the adventure of you in companionship with the Christ of God.
Robert Rohr writes, ‘I believe that God gives us our soul, our deepest identity, our True Self, our unique blueprint, at our own "immaculate conception." Our unique little bit of heaven is installed by the Manufacturer within the product, at the beginning! We are given a span of years to discover it, to choose it, and to live our own destiny to the full. If we do not, our True Self will never be offered again, in our own unique form-which is perhaps why almost all religious traditions present the matter with utterly charged words like "heaven" and "hell."
Our soul's discovery is utterly crucial, momentous, and of pressing importance for each of us and for the world. We do not "make" or "create" our souls, we just "grow" them up. We are the clumsy stewards of our own souls. We are charged to awaken, and much of the work of spirituality is learning how to stay out of the way of this rather natural growing and awakening. We need to unlearn a lot, it seems, to get back to that foundational life which is "hidden in God" (Colossians 313). Yes, transformation is often more about unlearning than learning, which is why the religious traditions call it "conversion" or "repentance." For some of us true repentance involves the turning away from our parents religion to the Kingdom of God. The latter is not really a religion but His life as yours. This is the difference between religion and life as a son.
The question is are, you going to grow in the second part of your life? Will you actually be re-born into the new and living way rather than plodding along in the old way that God abandoned in His mind before the foundation of the world; the old way He abandoned in order to establish a new way, a new life and a new you in His Son?
Remaining a plodder, and trudging along in old covenant Adam with the occasional revelation and spoken prophetic word is not re-birth. It’s just you being inert. It’s not a new life because it occasions no death and resurrection for you. You are still in your Adam life when God has made a life for you in Himself through His son. Reality is Christ. Get real. Embrace a real new birth. Immerse yourself in the reality that is Christ so that you have a real life and possess a real you. Having done that you are now competent to minister His kingdom simply by being yourself!