The God of Jesus, is a God for the individual. The God of Jesus is not a jealous God, proving this by also sending us the Comforter, a truly Divine entity in every way. A Jealous God does not share such treasures.
Things really can work out for the best if one says yes to the Comforter. It may or may not be according to one’s plan, but letting go of plans is part of the pain of surrendering the ego. In such a yes, God’s work can be done.
Informed people, within a community of faith, are more empowered to come to terms with the true self, the divine inner seed. Knowing yourself,(Individuation) within God, requires sensitivity and listening to the the Holy Spirit.
Individuation can open the door to the spiritual. It does involve suffering the consequences. It involves surrendering the ego for the higher values and commits the individual to the greater good. Such a process of surrender involves pain. Such introspection can be agonizing and difficult. It is not the easy path.
Inner individuality faces an inner struggle between pleasure and authority. It is a voice of discernment which empowers the judgment to do good and avoid evil within love. It is a part of human essence which is in the heart.
Christ’s call to “Believe in me”(emulate me) is above all a call to fulfill as completely as possible an authentic image of our humanity.
The privilege and peace of such work is what Jesus called us to be. Jesus was the only human to reach the full capacity for individuation. Yet we each have that same potential, because although Jesus was Son of God, He was also Son of Man, or fully human.
The chance of perfection is only in Christ, It is the call to the individual to say yes, accept the broken areas as gifts that the Holy Spirit can repair and perfect and to walk the path. It may be the best and most difficult path we could choose.
The Father of Jesus is concerned with the root causes that shape behavior, Spiritual Blindness. Too often, the individual human misses the mark, not because they desire to do evil, but because they simply can not see the target.
The target, is perfection of ones self. To that end, the Father sent his Son, to show the world what the human being is fully capable of. If a person calls themselves a christian, with no attempt to hit that target, then they are not a christian but but a “wicked and slothful servant”.
|25:14For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 25:15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. 25:16Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents. 25:17In like manner he also that received the two gained other two. 25:18But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 25:19Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them. 25:20And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents. 25:21His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 25:22And he also that received the two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents. 25:23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 25:24And he also that had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; 25:25and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own. 25:26But his lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; 25:27thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest.|
“Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter” is the slothful servant’s cry. Expecting the Lord to reap where nothing is sown, or in more modern parlance, expecting God to do all of the work while the “believer” sits on his lazy faith is a sure ticket to zero interest growth.
I don’t care if you bow to “God” twelve times a day. If there is no attempt to model your humanity after the pinnacle of human perfection, you are going to fail, and fail miserably, to know the Father. Note that in the above parable, each faithful servant turned in a differing amount. They were not perfect. But they tried, and each was praised and rewarded.
Christ came to save the world, by showing the way. “I am the way, the truth and the light”
We, as Gnostic Christians have a duty to find that Light, not our own self light, but the Light that comes from the mature Divine Seed that we have carefully tended and nurtured with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit. We also have the duty of sharing that Light, for as Thomas recorded, there is a Light within a man of Light. If it does not shine, then it is dark.