In October of last year, I wrote the following post on my Facebook wall:
“When I made the decision to seek and follow truth, I gave up my right to be right…As a seeker of truth, I am willing to accept my wrongs, willing to be corrected and willing to surrender my opinions. Every time I am found to be wrong, I will celebrate the joy of my new found truth. It’s my window of opportunity for a new and richer life.“
I never thought seeking truth would be such an awesome journey!
Nevertheless, seeking truth requires humility…above all things. Humility means lacking of vanity and pride. It is the opposite of the feeling we have when we think we are right and that our personal thoughts, narratives, beliefs and ideologies are inerrant, more valuable, truthful or weighty than others’.
But humility is not a natural human trait: it’s a spiritual one. As I search deep inside; within the realm of the inner man of my heart; the Kingdom of Heaven within, I am beginning to discern it and live by it. This is the life source Jesus spoke of to the woman at the well: “…whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become IN HIM a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).
My Spiritual DNA
Within this realm (I am discovering) there’s also an unquenchable source of love, joy,
peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, meekness and self-control. Perhaps the greatest of my discoveries so far, is that I AM the sum total of all this traits. They are not just feelings, emotions or fleeting traits that come and go. They are permanent components of my spiritual “DNA.” Why? “Because the person who is joined to the Lord, becomes one spirit with him” (1 Cor. 6:17).
The Law of Genesis
The spiritual laws that govern our physical/spiritual worlds say that everything produces after its own kind (Gen. 1:24, 8:22). Animals produce after their own kind. So do plants and trees. But we are so used to produce offspring in our own human resemblance that we have not stopped to think about its spiritual implications. If we are going to take this truth to its ultimate conclusion, we are going to realize that we’ve been begotten from a spiritual source. Whether you call that spiritual source God, Jesus, Yahweh, Allah, Mother Nature, the Spirit Father, etc. As such, we live, we move and we have our been within the realm of the under- standing of our spiritual Parent.
In my personal experience, I continue discovering that the key to living in the abundance of this spiritual-life within, requires the shutting off all outside sources that compete for my time and devotion. These outside sources can have any of the names of deities above. As long as our deity is seen, worshiped or devoted as an outside figure that can be
measured with our physical human senses, it will always cripple our deity within; who is ONE with our the inner man of our hearts. Jesus clearly said, “…we can’t serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other” (Matt. 6:24). Our deity is either IN us or out there were we have to pursue him/her through our physical, reasoning and intellectual faculties.
However, and opposed to religious and scientific traditions, turning within is turning towards our deity, our Creator, our life-source. If it’s true that our deity, Lord and Savior lives IN US, why are we seeking Him in the pages of a Book, it the meeting of the assembly or out in the sky? Because we have not been transformed by the renewing of our minds. We read it, we hear it and we repeat it; but we are yet to come to believe it and live by it. Therefore, we continue seeking truth and our spiritual Parent within the outside physical cosmos and not within the Kingdom of Heaven shed abroad IN our hearts.
However, when I turn my life affairs, my focus and my attention to the inner man of my heart, this life starts flowing out of the abundance of my Creator who lives and abides IN me…until His/my life becomes a river of living water. Just as Jesus said: “…A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things…for out of the abundance of his/her heart their mouths speak” (Luke 6:45). What better treasure than the Spirit of Truth living and abiding in me; my hope of glory?