Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
Your life can be better if you have a commitment to God. Those who have truly worked their way up to a more fulfilling and satisfactory life have had a commitment of some sort, whether to oneself or to another. Commitment helps to keep one focused until one has achieved the desired goal.
When people are committed to something, they maximize their effort of time and energy. Maximizing one’s effort increases the likelihood that results will be achieved. Many individuals who have been committed to achieving goals have done so without a conscious thought about God. Yet, unconsciously, through commitment, they have drawn upon God’s Presence and Resources to achieve what they have desired.
One might question, then, why one should even bother to consciously bring God into the premise of the power of commitment. The reasons are many. The primary factor is that what a person may be committed to may not be what is in their best interest, although it may appear to be on the surface.
Ultimately, at the center of the life of the body, mind, and soul of every individual, God’s Presence exists as our Real Life. God created us and lives within us to provide us with physical life and consciousness. Our soul is on an eternal path or voyage.
Every life has its purpose for being—a reason for each individual to live it. The life you are living right now is a gift from God. The outer you (ego) had absolutely nothing to do with your being here. It is the Innermost You or God’s Presence that has given you this life to live. God is the Ultimate, Real Life of your body, mind, and soul. God has a plan—a Divine Plan—for you in this lifetime. Grow close to God within you and you grow closer to the Plan.
If you make a commitment to God, then you bring forth more of God’s Divine Attributes of Wisdom, Creativity, Love, Healing, and Will to give you greater power to achieve your goals. Best of all, the goals that you will be achieving are God’s goals for your life, which means that real progress is being made by your soul.
Real progress is the fulfilling of your soul, where your soul feels and is in a state of fulfillment. Only when this is present is there any real happiness. For this reason, many people who were committed to achieving goals discovered that, upon fruition of those goals, there was no lasting happiness.
This is why there are so many outwardly successful individuals who, in spite of their external triumphs, turn to drugs, alcohol, and other escapisms. They try to mask or cover the emptiness that they still feel, even with their outer accomplishments.
It might be said, therefore, that without God, all victories in life are shallow achievements, greatly dulled by the heartache that the soul feels for its lack of fulfillment. For this reason, commitment should first be made to God in your life. There are appropriate words from the Bible that illustrate the above: “For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Being committed to God is ultimately being committed to the Real Life of your body, mind, and soul, with which, in Reality, you are always One. You find that you lose illusions and gain perspective. You are fortified and nourished by God’s Spirit and Mind within you.
Your body is a vehicle through which your mind and soul seek to fulfill themselves. Your body could be thought of as a Divinely Ordained instrument through which God’s Will for your soul can be accomplished on this physical plane of existence.
Therefore, the body can be considered a physical manifestation of Spirit. The Bible affirms this in the words, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of the living God?” The body houses the Spirit, and if the mind and soul are committed to the Spirit, the body seeks to do the Will of the Spirit in this lifetime. Committing your body to God is committing your body to be used in the service of God for the Will of God.
This does not mean that you have to enter a monastery. The body can still express in earthly ways, such as in sports, lovemaking, and the like. It is simply that the ultimate use of the body and its energy is to be used to fulfill God’s Will for your life in terms of accomplishment—whether in commerce, the creative arts, sports, entertainment, healing, manual labor, or spirituality.
Everybody is given a certain allocation of energy at birth. How this allocation of energy is spent during one’s lifetime is what is important. If it is spent in commitment to God, the body’s energy will be well spent, for it will have fed one’s soul.
Committing the energy of your body to the Will of God harnesses the Power of God to maintain, restore, and regenerate your body throughout your life.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 4: Module 26.
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