God, The Creative Life Force

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“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26)

Last week, I pointed out that central to the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament is the kingdom of God. It is clear to me that Jesus’ use of this phrase carried a different meaning from that of the New Testament writers. He saw it as a spiritual dimension that was fully present and working on behalf of all life forms, human specifically. The writers saw it as a coming phenomenon, a new world order.

The biblical use of this term can have a restricting effect on how we think of it. We may envision it as a universe run by a bearded, very powerful old man who can experience severe mood swings. I have come to think of the kingdom of God as the Creative Life Force that permeates every aspect of the universe but is centered in each of us. Its characteristics are life, love, power, and intelligence.

Science credits instinct for the bird’s ability to prosper. Instinct is a manifestation of underlying intelligence. We see it everywhere in nature. In humans, we see a level of stress, struggle, and worry over the future that, by comparison, is unnatural. Jesus is instructing his listeners on the truth that they are endowed with the same guiding wisdom, and more, that enables the bird to successfully find its way.  

Love dissolves that which is not for our highest good and attracts that which is. Intelligence enables us to know the difference. The Creative Life Force is seeking unlimited expression through us right now. Its single purpose is expansion. You and I choose the direction of expansion. Jesus is saying that we need to open our mind to the larger context of this expansive process that knows how to guide us successfully through every aspect of our life. We are not necessarily more valuable than the birds. We are more capable. We have an imagination that is designed to receive ideas and inspiration to creative solutions for every problem life presents. This very practical message, I believe, is what Jesus is passing on to his listeners, and to us.

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