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A Search For God
Lesson 20: Glory
(262-90 to 262-95)
Open my eyes, O God,
that I may know the Glory
You have prepared for me.
In the interpretation of Glory,
we sometimes let conditions disturb us;
therefore, we often get an incorrect understanding of Glory.
Glory is our ability to serve, which is
an opportunity given to us by God.
When Glory is considered from the phase
that God has chosen us above our fellow humans
for some special work, then vainglory may creep in.
All are called into service;
God is no respecter of persons.
Our ability and our service begin with cooperation
in being channels through which the glory of the Lord
may be manifested in the earth.
Glory, then, in all phases of our experience,
as related to Creative Force in manifestation
in the earth, is to be studied with conditions
that deal with our fellow human beings.
Then, if we would fill the place for which we have been called,
we would let our glory, our knowledge, our wisdom,
be in the Lord; for our glory is only a reflection
of the glory of the Creator.
It shines on us and through us as we become channels
through which blessings may come to others.
The manifestations of God are varied;
yet in purpose He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In our spiritual ideal, purpose, and aim we, too,
should be unchangeable.
Our activities may be varied, but they should always be
expressions of the glory of our spiritual purpose;
that is, expressions of our oneness with the Father.
"If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him,
and we will come unto him,
and make our abode with him."
Such is glory.
GLORY OF THE MIND
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
Unless our mind is stayed in Him,
the giver of life and light,
we may find ourselves chasing shadows
in our search for glory.
The mind is ever the builder.
With our minds firmly fixed on our Ideal,
who always lost sight of Himself,
we may find glory in service by using our minds
to build within us knowledge and wisdom
that will fit us for greater opportunities-
not to the glory of self, but to the glory of God.
It is indeed a glorious thing to be constantly
in the hands of the living God
and to know that no matter how difficult the problem is,
it will be solved eventually in the right way.
To accomplish this, our ideal must be
beyond the purely material things in life.
Those things that are of the earth rust and corrupt,
but those ideals that are founded in the spirit of life and truth
take hold upon the very throne of mercy, peace, and harmony,
and build within us an understanding
of long-suffering and love of others.
That which is impractical and theoretical
is of little value.
Often we have heard that we should
not let our good be evilly spoken of.
This may occur if we speak one way and live another.
Often we proclaim in our experience
that we believe this or that,
and then proceed to act differently.
Then such activities become stumbling blocks.
What is the law?
Like attracts like!
"Purify thy body, physically.
Sanctify thy body,
as the laws were given of old,
for on the morrow thy God would speak with thee!"
How do we interpret such a promise?
If we believe this, we should do something about it;
for it is not what we declare that we have attained,
but how willing we are to be used in practical
and helpful service for our fellow humans.
Jeroboam made the children of Israel sin
when he offered the sandalwoods of the Egyptians.
He only aroused passions within himself,
when he should have made his offering
to the Glory of the Lord.
So may we, for self-glory, for the approval of others,
offer to our Lord that which may bring our destruction.
When we have put off the glory of self-exaltation
and put on the glory of God, conditions, circumstances,
environs are no longer stumbling blocks
but become stepping-stones in our development.
The earth is a school for those who in the beginning erred
through self-indulgence, self-aggrandizement, self-glorification.
It is, indeed, a merciful experience then;
even though we find turmoils, strife, antagonism,
and disturbing forces in our experience,
we have opportunities through which we may be cleansed,
and may become channels through which a Glorified Father
in the Son may be manifested in and among humans.
We should take into serious consideration the fact
that animosities or hard feelings held against others
create in the mental forces of our bodies that which may easily
become very destructive influences.
Our outlook, and the way we worship
that which we hold as our Ideal,
have much to do with our physical reactions.
Our mind, let us remember, is of our mental, physical,
and spiritual bodies, and it can either create or destroy.
If there is built within our mental forces the attitude
that there is a hindrance that blocks us in any manner,
it gradually becomes a barrier, limiting the efficiency
of both our body and mind.
In our inner self, in our mind and heart,
let us be aware of that given of old:
There is set before us good and evil, life and death.
(See Deut. 30:19)
We are given the choice.
GLORY OF THE BODY
May we never lose sight of that which is
the whole purpose of the body.
The body is the dwelling place of the soul,
which through the mind expresses itself in materiality.
The actions of our body are one with Creative Energy
... so long as we perform acts of helpfulness,
of love, of patience, and of kindness;
but when we seek the gratification of selfish desires
and the exaltation of self,
we become one with forces that bring doubts and fears.
As we in any experience express the fruits
of the spirit of a living God, we grow, unfold,
and manifest the purpose for which we were created.
What is evil? It is good misapplied,
good used to satisfy the desires of self.
So is sin, so is illness.
They are caused by not being at-one with God,
who helps us, while in the body, to become
a force for good and a perfect channel
for the manifestation of righteousness among all.
The glory of the body, then, is selflessness.
GLORY OF THE SOUL
Our soul is a portion of the Divine.
It is a moving influence in our activities
throughout our experiences in all spheres of consciousness.
Our soul is a universe within self.
Will is an attribute of the soul,
and with Will we choose to develop either to
a oneness with Universal Consciousness
or in opposition to it.
The three phases of our human experience
-- body, mind, soul -- are expressed in the earth,
and their freedom comes in a threefold manner
through knowledge, interpretation, and application.
All of these work together and depend each upon the other.
In service, without thought of personal gain,
comes that which makes for the greater growth of our soul.
"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant."
Our physical, mental and spiritual bodies
-- each in its own phase of expression --
must find, from experience,
that which will keep them in accord
with the purposes for which they entered
into physical being.
Why are we pulled by the
material, mental, and spiritual urges,
while always something deep within
keeps us trying to go forward?
What is it that makes us know
that we must fight through obstacles
and that will not let us give up?
Are we fools that we keep working at something
without any apparent material recompense,
simply because we are urged from within?
Why don't we give up, stop trying,
and just let things and conditions run their course?
Would not the final material results be the same?
These questions often war within us.
There is deep within us always the answer.
The material results might be the same in the end;
but what about the effect on our soul?
Do we want to be guided by His Spirit,
to be a portion of that Word which shall not pass away?
If so, then indeed we are right to respond
to the urge from within to "carry on,"
even though everything seems to contradict
the practicality of doing so.
He has given that we should not mind those things
that will destroy the body,
but those that will destroy the spirit and the soul.
Even though all material things may be swept way,
if we still have that urge from within,
we are in touch with a glory
which may not be found
in any material substance or relationship.
In our dealings with our fellow human beings,
let the law of the Lord, as we know it in our hearts,
be the rule of our lives; and we will find that the growth
of the mind-spiritual, the mind-mental, the mind-physical,
will bring the glory of the Lord in our lives.
God has promised to meet us within our holy temple,
our body, as we purpose to give ourselves in service
to our fellow humans; for in so doing
we manifest the Glory of God in a material world.
Let the Glory of the Father, of the Son,
suffice us - not what we think, or what we say;
for people look on the outward appearance,
but God looks on the heart.
(See I Samuel 16:7)
In seeking to magnify Your name, Your glory,
through that which You make manifest in me,
O Lord, be the guide, and-day by day,
as the opportunity is given -
let my hands, my mind, my body,
do what You would have me do
as Your own in the earth;
and as I manifest through Your love,
the promises that You have made in the Son,
may Your glory become known to others.
|Updated: 22nd June 2013|