Sunday, January 24, 2010
The Tail Shaking the Dog
Those who are led of the spirit are the sons of God, scripture says, but what does this look, feel, sound like in the real, nasty-now-and-now world I live in? Somebody, please give me the definitive template whereby I will never be uncertain or mistaken again regarding the choices and decisions I must make - being someone in, but not of, this world system of thinking!
Much, if not most of our continued learning (as we grow in the grace and true knowledge of the one who has invaded us with his alien life) is inseparable from our unlearning, and that, my friends, is a costly given, and it has nothing to do with it being unpleasant to our fleshly, carnal feel-good cravings.
Maybe this is all about learning to deny ourselves, and that self we’re denying is the one that came into existence at the fall in the garden. As my friend Bill Landon has so succinctly put it, “the independent self is a mutilated version of the self that has NO permanent place in the Father’s design for His creation.”
That self is very much operative in each of us and the spirit that constantly appeals to it is the father of religion and lies, whispering, “You can be your own god.”
Prior to being re-birthed, and long after in most cases, we continue living as soulish, carnal beings, almost a knee-jerk default reaction to all that we feel and sense. This is not an indictment, just the sad reality of what is.
As I am prone to reiterate fondly, ‘it’s a revelation, not a seminar’ we’re needing, and this revelation is a constant flow of experiential intuitive learning that will, most often, be at cross purposes with our fixation for the ‘feel good’ mentality we still crave so badly.
Somehow within the Christian mindset, there is a pervasive, unfounded certainty that Jesus, the son of God, operated in this fallen dark world out of an unparalleled overflow of ecstatic, emotional bliss. We assume that his being led (by the same spirit available to us) had nothing to do with learning to “defer” to His Father in the daily crucible of living! It was, of course, a mere cakewalk for him, and yet somehow we continue to flounder trying our best to emulate this one who had extra assistance and “powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men” (to quote the line from the TV version of ‘Superman’.
Learning to defer to the One who is our only life in life’s unfoldings is never done without great personal cost and suffering to a self that demands to be its own god.