2005-02-27-Father's Will & Human Will
Topic: Father's Will & Human Will
Group: N. Idaho TeaM
Elyon (Jonathan TR): Greetings, fellow ascenders, this is Elyon. I am always grateful to have your attention. It is with great expectancy that I come before you to offer my contribution to your growth, for I see you each developing well and perceive wonderful advancements in your near future.
You are reaching a maturity wherein you are balanced between your personal desires and goals for your lives and your cosmic universal ideals. Often one finds on your world a tendency for the religiously inspired to create a battle between self and the high ideals of spirit, to fight between self will and obedience to the will of God. Such a conflict does not provide opportunity for the greater advancement of truth nor for the establishment of the goodness of balance.
It is worthwhile for the mind of the human being to seek the overcare of God as discernible in His will, for it provides guidelines for self. The will of God is so expansive that no human mind can grasp the entirety of the purpose of deity at any one time. So, when I speak of the will of God today I speak of His will in relation to you and your potential and destiny. You know how the Father has decreed that you become perfect as He is perfect, to unfold the talents within you, bestowed upon you, and to be like Him as a creator by creating in your life the avenues through which your growth may take place. You understand that your will as a temporal human being is sovereign, that even the Father's Presence within you is subservient to your will. Yet you know spiritual success is derived from following the Father's will. Father is present not only as a spirit entity that dwells within but, just as light is cast from flame, Father is present as truth, beauty, and goodness. These rays of deity are the spiritual coordinates through which you guide yourself to Paradise. Your personal will is like the sextant of the sailor that tunes in to the guiding stars of truth, beauty, and goodness in order that you may chart your course safely to the Father of all, the Father of you.
Your will then is sole authority in determining your future and in discerning Father's will. The will of God may be thought of as an arena of truth and beauty and goodness. Within that arena you function as a perceiver of that truth, as a promoter as well, and as a preserver. Cultivate the desire to discover, and you will function as a perceiver of truth and beauty and goodness. Cultivate the courage to function as a bearer of truth, as a being of goodness. And cultivate the stability of responsibility, never faltering, never flinching when the reality of truth is before you, never shrinking when you must stand for truth in the event of the presence of evil. In doing this you fulfill the will of God, all the while you have the Supreme freedom to choose specifics, to select the details of your promotion, perception, and preservation of goodness, beauty, and truth. Each one of you functions in this threefold manner, and you become at one time as a prophet who can conceive the divine arrangement, who can coordinate the will of God to make it applicable to the human condition. You also function as a politician, one who endeavors to accommodate the will of self to the will of Father to establish means whereby truth is promoted, goodness upheld, and beauty amplified. It is a function of diplomacy or, more often called in the spiritual life, balance. You also function at times of temptation and threat as a police enforcer, the quality within you which is of the character of a Mighty Messenger, one who will die for the right, one who will stand up for the good, one who is not afraid to offer light in the struggle against darkness. My friends, it is the values of Supremacy, the reality of goodness, of righteousness, of truth and beauty that is the discernible element of the Father's will to the human personality. To fulfill that will is to function as I have described, to choose to do so yourself, to be discerning, and to be determined and not to be dissuaded. I am willing to receive from you your comments. Thank you for listening.
Jada: You gave us a lot to think about. You said the will is like a sextant to perceive the guiding stars. I'm having trouble grasping how the will functions that way. Could you elaborate?
Elyon: The will is equipped with the ability to measure reality, to discern and respond to the conditions of reality. The sense of physical constraints and conditions, the sense of attraction to spirit, and the sense of right and wrong are all parts of this sextant. It is through the use of this instrument of will, the adjustment of its components, the orientation toward Father, that you locate yourself within this universe, not merely the universe of planets, but the universe of beings as well; the universe of all that is real.
When a sailor measures the sky there is not merely one course to take to reach a destination. The sailor may choose many directions all the while maintaining an orientation toward the destiny. While the Father's truth and beauty and goodness are ever present, the responsibility of the discernment is yours. And the mere looking into the night sky with the unaided eye, while it may attract one to God, the Father's will is better discerned with accurate instruments and in the case of your being, that accuracy is developed through your attention, through your ability to discern the development of your insight, the application of wisdom all overshadowed by will. To be a follower of the will of God requires that you are active willfully yourself as would a sailor pick up a sextant to read the skies. One does not follow the Father's will by casting the instrument aside and floating adrift expecting to be mysteriously guided to destination. You will be required to discern and adjust your course under your own power as you seek the will of God and bring it into function in your life. I hope this helps.
Jada: Yes. It seems like the key here is the dedication of our will to doing the Father's will.
Elyon: And to follow our metaphor, that dedication is the orienting of your instrument of discernment toward the will of God.
Evelyn: The Urantia Book gives us the definition of doing God's will as the willingness to share our inner life with Him. That has been nice and simple and easy to memorize. I like how you have expanded our understanding of God's will to include truth, beauty, and goodness, which are graspable realities we are familiar with. That makes God's will that much more approachable.
Elyon: The phrase "sharing the inner life with God" as being the function of doing the Father's will is comforting to the soul, is inspiring of love, brings the warmth of relationship, offers the hand of care, the support of association. These conditions found in sharing bring great comfort and bring identity. It is the sense of being in the Father's will. What I spoke of today is more the technique of doing the Father's will, more of the functions of the mind in discernment than the soul in relationship. As you have pointed out this sharing, the two functions in harmony bring even greater happiness and security to the personality.
I will draw a close to our session and encourage you to this day give thanks to God for the opportunity each moment to discern His will. Offer yourselves in love as a servant by manifesting your discernment of truth, by reflecting beauty and goodness in your actions. The tasks of the human being are often filled with work, objective and labor, but all times may be taken playfully, in spirit, for every undertaking is only a context wherein you may enhance your discernment and refine your expression of the Father's will. Farewell.