In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and they are His because he made them and subdued them and established good for all creatures—clean water, clean air, good food and sufficient shelter for all. He then created women and men in His image, and gave us this good creation: all the earth, all the creatures of the earth, the real of the air, the realm of the sea and the realm of the land. God also gave us ourselves to rule. He gave us this world to rule for good, not for ill, to sustain and to create the Good, for we were made in His image and we were to rule in His likeness.
Humanity soon decided, although morally we are as toddlers, to rule ourselves and the earth without God’s counsel or assistance. This is not as it was intended by the Creator. He and we were supposed to rule in partnership, we ruling and he advising and empowering. In rejecting the Creator in the rule of the earth, we rejected Love, we rejected Justice and we rejected true Power. Without the Creator, we became narrow-minded, established self-serving systems and those who understood the good were powerless to establish it.
When Jesus came, he demonstrated a life of true partnership with the Creator. He lived out and taught the law of Love, which did not have so much as specific rules as the basic principle of living for the well-being of others. Jesus established justice by inviting the Creator to breathe life into those who are dying. And Jesus relied on the Creator to demonstrate that true power comes from Him—not from politics, not from medicine, not from education nor from religious ritual. Rather, it is an ongoing relationship with the Father that justice and love and power arises from.
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The church is but a shattered image of Jesus. Some pursue a relationship with the Father, praising exuberantly, attempting to live out His will, seeking His truth, to the exclusion of all else. These will spend hours a day in prayer or study or meditation, seeking the descent of heaven in their lives. They seek God to work in our world, believing that He alone can establish the Good.
Others are working to establish God’s kingdom on earth. They are loving all, creating places of peace, establishing justice, working with the needy and establishing the good. They look to God to infuse them with Love and Truth, and they do the work for they believe that they are His hands and feet.
Both sides have forgotten the partnership. There is a place for human work and a place for the Creator’s work. The Creator guides us to acts of love. Like Jesus, the Creator shows us the work we are to do and we step into it. But we must pray to depend on the Creator’s power. We recognize our weakness, but it is easy to rely on human power to establish “God’s work”.
Yet Jesus didn’t rely on his own power. He left his home and family. He had no medical knowledge to heal, yet he healed. He didn’t carry food with him to feed the thousands, yet he fed them. He didn’t have a degree in psychology to bring peace to the mad, yet he gave them peace. He accomplished his work through his boldness to approach the most needy around them, to understand the work of God and to step into God’s power to create life. Jesus had nothing but his compassion and his reliance.
On the day of his arrest, Jesus saw the crowds coming, and he warned his disciples. The disciples, having not prayed, only saw those who would separate them from their God. They were the enemies, the hateful, the despised. So they fought, then they retreated, then they scattered. But Jesus, having prayed, was full of the love and power of God and saw people whose lives were on the edge. So he healed, he comforted, he taught and he forgave. He did not see enemies, he saw the needy.
Even so, God has put in our path the needy. We know people whose lives hang in the balance. They will die unless they have the touch of the Creator. And we are to be Jesus to them. We are not their Savior, rather, we are here to provide the way for them to touch the Savior. We are to speak the word of love the Creator put in our mouths. We are to touch them and pray for healing. We are to ask them what they need. We are to speak the hard truth in gentleness. We are to feed the hungry. We are to give shelter to the homeless. We are there to save lives.
But we are not to do this on our own. We are not the Lifegiver. We are not the Creator, but simply the mediator for the Creator. We do not have energy to be there for everyone who is dying. But the Creator does. And He will give us the energy and power and love to create justice. If…
If we would but pray and listen and work His work. We need to pray because the work is not our own, but a partnership with the Creator and He gives us the power. Without prayer, God does not act through us and our strength is insufficient to do the work. We need to listen because in many ways we are still toddlers. We deceive ourselves into thinking that our way is God’s way. We listen to truly understand love. And we need to work. Without work, our prayer is simply words. We pray and then we step in our prayers, embodying them, with God to give us the power.
Thus is the world subdued to peace.