Then they said to him, 'What must we do to perform the works of God?’
We have the same question creeping through our soul even if we have never given voice to the question. We may deny that the question resides within us, or we may be resistant to acting on the question because we want to focus on the areas that seem interesting to us. We make the assumption that if we face the question unabashedly, we will need to re-direct our efforts, change our work or our life in order to live in alignment with the requirements of a demanding, unseen God. It’s not because we are particularly religious that the question pumps through us like warm blood pumping through the cavities of our heart. The question rattles relentlessly within us because we were made to do the work of heaven – the work of God. It was part of our fashioning by the Holy One when we were still in the womb. All our life is an on-going revelation of how that will be lived out in our particular life.
So, what if your work really was the work of God? It would mean that you were being your most authentic self – the one that God dreamed of at your beginning, the one that God will welcome into the kingdom when your earthly life is shed. It would mean that you would no longer need to prove yourself to yourself, no need any longer to be what you are not. You would embrace what you are and in that embrace heaven and earth would meet. Why not give it a try?
O God, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Let me not be afraid of being that work of art.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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