The Gaze of God
If we extract 1 Corinthians 6:18 from the Bible we read
So run away from sexual sin. Every other sin people do is outside their bodies, but those who sin sexually sin against their own bodies.
Conceptual truth be told, sometimes it sounds like running is the best that living a “Christian’ life has to offer. Really?
Is there a tendency to spend A LOT of time describing the God story with cautions/warnings of morality/immorality? How much time is spent identifying behavioral issues with surface solutions and/or anecdotes, leaving us unchanged and uninspired? Are we running out of breath, constantly bombarded with the do / don’t list as we run from sin? It begins to become difficult to grasp with amazement that every breath is a gift of grace from God, that we are created imago dei , AND we are invited to live into His GREAT BIG story.
I’m not implying that there isn’t a place for challenging our unhealthy relationships or behaviors but what a compelling STORY we have been given and yet are seemingly comfortable with relegating it to a narrow framework of laws. Our view of the Grand narrative reduced to a list…really? We have this STORY of a loving God pursuing his children to bring restoration… God who invites us into this Story of adventure, justice, joy, weeping, mercy, and moment by moment embrace reduced to a story of moral certitude and survival. No wonder we have a difficult time believing that Jesus came that we might have abundant life…a life of seeing, of oneness, OMNIPRESENCE, a life where we can experience and live into the Gaze of God. Last week at Spiritual Explorations Ron said
Jesus brings the biblical tradition to a climax when we defines truth itself as persona rather than conceptual. I am the way, the truth , and the life…
John 14.6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Right after this statement Jesus goes on to talk of the onesness with the father…
A deep inner experience of oneness of word, thought and action… the very thing he invites us into.
If you can learn to receive the perfect Gaze of God, that is come to really believe what God says and thinks about you, then the voices of the human crowd, no matter how negative or nasty, will have no power to hurt or derail you.
Standing before the Gaze of God as the mystics say it, unites the psyche…we are made whole. Second guessing, believing the old tapes, caring about the opinions of others becomes distant in importance.
Read the last two paragraphs again and let it sink in.
At Spiritual Explorations Live we are exploring the (R)evolutionary Spirituality of Scripture, discussing the Story that God invites, rereading the text with it’s form, content and context and learning what living into this Story means.