Advance in the Kingdom is mainly about us allowing God to be for us what He already is and allowing ourselves to become what we are becoming. This is the essence of what I means for Christ to be our life.
Some of us are natural contemplatives. All of us need to engage in it to some extent. It’s the difference between being flotsam and a person with divine identity, agency and purpose.
Our main teacher is Holy Spirit, who lives within yet is also without - using everything around us to draw us into the life of God. Holy Spirit applies God’s spirit-life to us in every situation and teaches us all things concerning Christ and ourselves.
BY THE ONE SPIRIT
In this mode we are in the flow of the new creation – delivered from compartmentalised thinking, segmented time and bisected places. We are being made whole. Because Christ has drawn us into the company of the trinity we are in the flow – in the River of Life that proceeds from the throne.
‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV.
The whole is more than the sum of the parts. One with Christ, one with God and one with the creation we are joined to the whole. Here we are in the flow of spirit and life and we impart life to the parts. Thus Jesus’ statement, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life is seen for the micro and macro of what it is: He joins us to the Hub of life where we are positioned to ‘see’ the true meaning and potential of every person and every situation.
J Baxter Kruger explains that the way is less about us receiving Christ than us agreeing that we have been received into His life. As we rest in this Sabbath we are charged with divine life and equipped to release spirit and life into everyday activities. We are the new creation in person. There’s a space in you called your ‘heart.’ This was symbolized in the temple as the ark of the covenant. Richard Rohr observes, “The only difference between people that matters is the difference between those who allow this space to fill with flow—and those who don’t, or won’t, allow it. Like Mary, the model for contemplatives, “it is done unto you,” and you can only allow.” (1)
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1938-1940). SPCK. Kindle Edition.