Jesus is everyman. Jesus is us. He makes mistakes. He becomes angry. He needs quiet time. And all the while he is trying to minister to others in the way he believes God is calling him to do.
Jesus truly cares about others, and his compassion is shown in many examples throughout the gospel stories. He also recognizes his need for companions, for close friends, and for time to examine his own motives and goals.
Aren’t we like Jesus? Haven’t we set out to make ourselves into the best child of God that we can be? Aren’t we showing compassion and generosity to our fellows as we are able? And don’t we recognize our need for community and enrichment and ways to keep our bodies and minds and spirits healthy?
I think yes.
So what is lacking?
What is lacking is our awareness that we are God’s Christs. We recognize our humanity. In fact, sometimes it is too much with us. What we don’t experience and can’t find in all our thinking, reading, talking, acting, and even praying, is our divinity–the experiential realization throughout our entire being that God takes delight in dwelling within us, and that we are useful to God simply by being his holy, cherished Child.
So how do we achieve the goal of experiencing divinity within humanity? We might begin with a letter to God–asking the genuine questions we may not have ever before put in writing. See what happens. My hunch is that God would welcome a dialogue with us.
My experience is that God wants our participation, our cooperation in this miracle of making us know we are his Christs.
(Note: a personal story of experiencing divinity is available on this website under Book)