I often talk of God – or awakening – in terms of an internal recognition or realization of “the given.” What I mean by that is simply that God is here. God’s grace and love are present to you – are you – in a very real and knowable way. We merely accept the gift – the Treasure of God – that was extended in creation.
There is only no question but one you should ever ask of yourself; – “Do I want to know my Father’s Will for me?” He will not hide it. He has revealed it to me because I asked it of Him, and learned of what He had already given (T-8.VI.8:1-3).
It is tempting to complicate this – to analyze it, cross-reference it to other sections of the text or certain lessons in the workbook. We can meditate on the ancient story of the prodigal son (which Jesus references in this section), gleaning perhaps some sense of the intensity and unconditional nature of God’s love for the created. Perhaps this is unavoidable. But I don’t think we are called to master the text in an intellectual way. I think we are called to the spirit that informs it, and thereby to make it a reality in our lives.
And how do we do that? In a sense, we act it out. The prodigal son wastes his gifts, disrespects his father, crawls back in shame and what does the father do? He celebrates the return of his beloved. Without our creations – without love – we are not whole. Can we see our brothers and sisters as prodigals? Can we welcome them that way?
God wants only His Son because His Son is His only treasure. You want your creations as He wants His . . . Your function is to add to God’s treasure by creating yours. His Will to you is His Will for you. He would not withhold creation from you because His joy is in it. You cannot find joy except as God does (T-8.VI.5:1-2, 6:1-4).
This business of loving one another as God loves us . . . it can drive you nuts if you try to make sense of it in worldly terms. So we really have to surrender the world’s standard. We have to let it go. As the Course teaches, “[Y]ou cannot behold the world and know God (T-8.VI.2:3). By the terms of the world, the prodigal got what was coming to him. Justice demands no less.
But the justice of God hews to a different standard. It asks us to accept a Love that appears reckless and even dangerous. Love the way God loves and the world will write you off as a fool or worse. But nothing less will satisfy us. And in truth, we merit no less ourselves.
Your heart lies where your treasure is, as His does. You who are beloved of God are wholly blessed. Learn this of me, and free the holy will of all those who are as blessed as you are (T-8.VI.10:3-5).
We take our lead from Jesus who learned that the given – God’s love – was indistinguishable from his (from our) brothers and sisters. Together we are God’s joy. When we accept this, we naturally extend it to one another. It won’t make any sense in terms of the world. But in a deeper way, it will be more natural and easy than breathing itself. We are saved by Love for Love itself. And being so saved, we naturally save each other.