Lesson 154

“I am among the ministers of God.”

Let us today be neither arrogant nor falsely humble. We have gone
beyond such foolishness. We cannot judge ourselves, nor need we do
so. These are but attempts to hold decision off, and to delay
commitment to our function. It is not our part to judge our worth,
nor can we know what role is best for us; what we can do within a
larger plan we cannot see in its entirety. Our part is cast in Heaven,
not in hell. And what we think is weakness can be strength; what we
believe to be our strength is often arrogance.

Whatever your appointed role may be it was selected by the
Voice of God, Whose function is to speak for you as well. Seeing
your strengths exactly as they are, and equally aware of where they
can be best applied, for what, to whom and when, He chooses and
accepts your part for you. He does not work without your own
consent. But He is not deceived in what you are, and listens only to
His Voice in you.

It is through His ability to hear One Voice Which is His Own
that you become aware at last there is One Voice in you. And that
One Voice appoints your function, and relays it to you, giving you
the strength to understand it, do what it entails, and to succeed in
everything you do that is related to it. God has joined His Son in
this, and thus His Son becomes His messenger of unity with Him.

It is this joining, through the Voice of God, of Father and of
Son, that sets apart salvation from the world. It is this Voice Which
speaks of laws the world does not obey; Which promises salvation
from all sin, with guilt abolished in the mind that God created sinless.
Now this mind becomes aware again of Who created it, and of His
lasting union with itself. So is its Self the one Reality in Which its
will and That of God are joined.

A messenger does not elect to make the message he delivers.
Nor does he question the right of him who does, nor ask why he has
chosen those who will receive the message that he brings. It is
enough that he accept it, bring it to the ones for which it was
appointed, and fulfill his role in its delivery. If he insists on judging
what the messages should be, or what their purpose is, or where they
should be carried, he is failing to perform his proper part as bringer
of the Word.

There is one major difference in the role of Heaven’s
messengers which sets them off from those the world appoints. The
messages which they deliver are intended first for them. And it is
only as they can accept them for themselves that they become able to
bring them further, and to give them everywhere that they were
meant to be. Like earthly messengers, they did not write the
messages they bear, but they become their first receivers in the truest
sense, receiving to prepare themselves to give.

An earthly messenger fulfills his role by giving all the messages
away. The messengers of God perform their part by their acceptance
of His messages as for themselves, and show they understand the
messages by giving them away. They choose no roles that are not
given them by His authority. And so they gain by every message
which they give away.

Would you receive the messages of God? For thus do you
become His messengers. You are appointed now. And yet you wait to
give the messages you have received, and so you do not know that
they are yours, and do not recognize them. No-one can receive and
understand he has received until he gives. For in the giving is his
own acceptance of what he received.

You who are now the messengers of God receive His messages,
for that is part of your appointed role. He has not failed to offer what
you need, nor has it been left unaccepted. Yet another part of your
appointed task is yet to be accomplished. He Who has received for
you the messages of God would have them received by you as well.
For thus do you identify with Him and claim your own.

It is this joining that we undertake to recognize today. But we
will not seek to keep our minds apart from Him Who speaks for us,
for it is but our voice we hear as we attend Him. He alone can speak
to us and for us, joining in One Voice the getting and the giving of
God’s Word; the giving and receiving of His Will.

We practice giving Him what He would have that we may
recognize His gifts to us. He needs our voice that He may speak
through us. He needs our hands to hold His messages, and carry
them to those He appoints. He needs our feet to bring us where He
wills, that those who wait in misery may be at last delivered. And He
needs our will united with His Own, that we may be the true
receivers of the gifts He gives.

Let us but learn this lesson for today: we will not recognize what
we receive until we give it. You have heard this said a hundred ways,
and yet belief is lacking still. But this is sure; until belief is given it,
you will receive a thousand miracles and then receive a thousand
more, but will not know that God Himself has left no gift beyond
what you already have; nor has denied the tiniest of blessings to His
Son. What can this mean to you until you have identified with him
and with his own?

Our lesson for today is stated thus:

“I am among the ministers of God,
And I am grateful that I have the means
By which to recognize that I am free.”

The world recedes as we light up our minds, and realize these holy
words are true. They are the message sent to us today from our
Creator. Now we demonstrate how they have changed our minds
about ourselves and what our function is. For as we prove that we
accept no will we do not share, our many gifts from our Creator will
spring to our sight and leap into our hands, and we recognize what
we received.

Britney Shawley added:

We practice giving Him what He would have, that we may recognize His gifts to us. He needs our voice that He may speak through us. He needs our hands to hold His messages, and carry them to those whom He appoints. He needs our feet to bring us where He wills, that those who wait in misery may be at last delivered. And He needs our will united with His Own, that we may be the true receivers of the gifts He gives.

Let us but learn this lesson for today: We will not recognize what we receive until we give it. You have heard this said a hundred ways, a hundred times, and yet belief is lacking still. But this is sure; until belief is given it, you will receive a thousand miracles and then receive a thousand more, but will not know that God Himself has left no gift beyond what you already have; nor has denied the tiniest of blessings to His Son. What can this mean to you, until you have identified with Him and with His Own?

Our lesson for today is stated thus: I am among the ministers of God, and I am grateful that I have the means by which to recognize that I am free.

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