I’ve recently become aware of several interesting blog-type sites which have appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. Several of them have piqued my curiosity because they seemed to resonate with my own journey at this time. I even signed up to receive emails from a couple of them. However, I’ve realized they seem to be lacking the one key component which I find to be the most critical in my day-to-day living.
In many respects these blogs/websites are helpful. They are positive, uplifting, and inspiring. They also each have a focus on some aspect of spirituality and speak about The Divine. Yet, their focus seems to be on discovering the spirit of The Divine within yourself by learning more about who you are and who you are meant to be.
I do agree with the idea of an inward journey, but the emphasis I believe is imperative is that of discovering more and more of Christ the Son, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. The only way to find our true selves is through our direct relationship with God through our belief in Jesus, His Son, and the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Our journey can only be true if we are in a growing relationship with Him who is the Truth. We can only find our way by following Him who is the Way, and abundant life can only be discovered in Him who is the Life.
Yes, there is much to be uncovered by learning more about our inner life. Yes, if we have believed in Christ and received the Holy Spirit into our lives, we do have a part of the Divine within ourselves. Yes, we are created in God’s image and, through Christ, we are sons and daughters of the King of all Kings. Yes, we are meant to be so much more than who we settle for being, much of our lives, because we were made for Eden, and we are destined for an eternity in God’s Kingdom. Yes, we are called to become all that is possible for each of us as individuals, in this life, as we are prepared for the next life. Yes, we each have a purpose for our lives which God meant for us as individuals when we were created, and we will finally fulfill our utmost purpose when we are in the next life.
Yet, ultimately, we can only trust our journey inward when it begins with an invitation to the Spirit to come into every part of our beings and to transform us according to God’s design, to make us all God intended us to be from the start. Then, as we proceed, we must take each step in the Light revealed to us, in obedience, and practicing the spiritual disciplines which will grow us closer and closer in our relationship with God until those disciplines become habits that are like a second nature to us, and until our greatest desire becomes the desire for God above all else.
My prayer is that we do not let our focus become so inward that all we see is ourselves, that we do not allow the “divine” within us to be only ourselves sitting on a throne of our own imagination.
Well said. Too often it is the machinations of man making much of himself rather than the One who we were created by and for relationship with. As our kids grow and spread their wings I’m struck by the fact that I had a part in their creation and as they transition into adulthood we are finding deeper fufillment as we deepening in our relationship as friends.
I can’t believe that God feels any differently about his relationship with us as well.
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Bob, I know God feels the same regarding His relationship with us and we become more and more aware of His presence within us as we seek Him and grow deeper in that relationship.