The way to Heaven is hastened by our decision to love God above all else. This is symbolic language, of course. You could also say that awakening is facilitated by the choice to pursue it and nothing else. You could talk about enlightenment. The words are mostly irrelevant; what matters is the commitment, and the faith upon which commitment rests.
When Jesus sent the seventy-two out to serve the world, bearing forth the Love with which they had come into contact through him, he placed them in jeopardy, as the world understood it.
I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
If you are a serious student of A Course in Miracles – a judgment for which you must turn to the Holy Spirit and no one else – then you are lit by the same light that inspired the seventy-two. You have been given that lantern which allows you to sojourn through the world in service, rendering it complete with Love, and leading all your brothers and sisters home.
Later, Jesus spoke to the seventy-two, recalling their travels.
And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
Their faith was so immense! They took not a single thing the world judged necessary and yet they wanted for nothing. Their choice was to walk with Christ and to let the way be revealed as they went.
The same call – different in form, identical in content – goes out to us. Can our response be any less embracing, any less emphatic? We are simply acknowledging what the world – and our lives – are for.
You see the flesh or recognize the spirit. There is no compromise between the two. If one is real the other must be false, for what is real denies its opposite. There is no choice in vision but this one . . . On this one choice does all your world depend, for here you have established what you are, as flesh or spirit in your own belief (T-31.VI.1:1-4, 6).
Our decision to recognize the spirit mirrors that of the seventy-two so long ago. It is the recognition that we are – as they were so long ago – the very lights of the world.
Who is the light of the world except God’s Son? This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or of self-deception . . . It refers to you as you were created by God. It simply states the truth (W-pI.61.1:1-3, 6-7).
All the Course asks is that we love God above all else and trust that only kindness can come from that decision and priority.
In a sense, when the seventy-two were sent out into the world, they were liberated. Their self-reliance was absolute because it was grounded in knowledge that what they were in Truth was of God. They accepted the fact of Oneness and lived according to the terms of that acceptance. That was their – and our – salvation. Their will and the will of God were not separate or compromised but united in eternity.
If you could realize nothing is changeless but the Will of God, this course would not be difficult for you. For it is this that you do not believe. Yet there is nothing else you could believe, if you but looked at it (T-25.VII.2:8-10).
I am not saying that you should empty your closet of shoes, or your cupboards of food, or your wallets of money. Nor am I saying you should not do those things.
I am saying: place your trust in the rightness of loving God above all else -that love and no other love – and those things will cease to matter entirely.
Not one Thought of [God’s] makes any sense at all within this world. And nothing that the world believes as true has any meaning in His Mind at all (T-25.VII.3:3-4).
The only choice that we can make – the only choice that matters – is accepting that Truth is found in God and not in the world. Once we have done that, the “rest is up to God, and not to you” (T-25.VII.3:12).
In every moment – at work, at play, in the garden, at our son or daughter’s soccer game, baking bread or walking in the forest – we are given again the chance to choose the Love of God above all else.
In a sense, it is a false choice: there is nothing else but God’s Love. But so long as we think there is a real alternative, then it remains real to us. And so it is important that we make it: that we look clearly at the world and say gently but firmly: I choose the Love of God.
After that, we shall want – literally – for nothing.