Jesus said: “I do nothing on my own but say only what God has taught me.” — John 8:28
Jesus said: “The words I speak are not my own, but God which lives in me does the work through me.” — John 14:10
Contemplation Notes for Using this Devotional:
- These passages from the Gospel Writer Called John, the most mystical of the four main writers, teach us that God’s presence and power resides in Jesus. He is, by birthright, a divine child of God. Therefore, he expresses the essence of God within him, the Christ (or anointed one).
- Jesus is a master teacher and wayshower because he consistently demonstrated his infinite connection with and trust in God.Both human and divine, he lived an engaged spirituality by sharing God’s grace and beneficence so others could realize more ease and peace in their lives, even in difficult situations.
- When Jesus says that he does nothing on his own, he means that his personal, individual will is subservient to God will. Attuned to God, he acts and speaks as he discerns based on his inner wisdom. He shows us what we also can do when we allow God to work in us and through us.
- In her classic 1916 text, How I Used Truth, Homeopath and Metaphysician H. Emilie Cady says: “Jesus kept his eyes . . . and . . . thoughts at the central part of his being, which was the Christ. . . . This same divine spark, which [God] has implanted in every child, has been fanned into a bright flame. . . . We all must recognize that it was the Christ within that made Jesus what he was and that this same Christ that lived in Jesus lives within us. It is the part of himself that God has put within us.”
- Demonstration is your evidence of how well your life works. You demonstrate your divinity and your humanity by living fully from your Christ nature. This divine nature is distinct, unique to you, and expresses through you in what you say and do, just as it did in Jesus.
- You ignite the spark of your divinity and keep it lit by:
- your recognition and awareness of your true nature.
- tuning into God (Higher Power) and listening to your intuition, your inner wisdom.
- following your inner guidance.
- compassionate living and sacred service to others.
As you reflect on your life and circumstances, ask yourself:
- How do I feel about my divinity?
- List, word map, or illustrate all your feelings.
- Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and say your name aloud. Then say it again, adding “the Christ.”
- List, word map, or illustrate how you feeling saying this name aloud.
- Fill in the blank below with your own name.
- I, ___________________, am the Christ.
- List, word map, or illustrate your feelings when you see your name in writing.
- When I reflect on my true nature, the Christ, the same essence that was in Jesus, what are at least three (3) ways I can more fully express this divinity?
- List, word map, or illustrate as much as you can imagine.
As you use this devotional, remember that you are a spiritual being having human experiences. A bright flame, a spark of divinity—the essence of God you are—resides within you. It is the essence that expresses in the world as you. Claim it, own it, affirm it, ignite it, and live it fully.
© 2023 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks – All rights reserved.
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