“If you listen closely to My voice, and keep My covenant, then you will be My own treasure from among all people, for all earth is mine.”Exodus, 19:5
The same truth that gives anxiety and depression to those who make a pact with death is the truth that empowers the faithful and gives them hope and joy: time is passing quickly, it never stops, and we are getting to the end of the engagement to enter into the wedding.
The only thing that matters is our relationship with the Creator and to trust His Love.
Both our perceptions of time and value are determined by our spiritual life. The calling from the Lord is to recognize that our current life is just a short trip that we do for the purpose of the fulfilment of His plans. The Lord owns the entire Creation, but the present reality works just like a plantation with the objective of planting and harvesting light (the free creatures that answer “yes” to the calling). So, we are not supposed to pay attention to the world, but to the Creator, and this is why we get spiritually separated and ready to depart from here forever.
Tenants and dwellers
Our spiritual essence is free so we can decide to worship the Creator or the idols.
In relationship to the Creator and recognizing His Love as the source and the meaning of all things, we receive the gift of perceiving Creation as a realm under His power and authority, so we are free from the illusions of idolatry. We recognize ourselves as tenants on the world, passing by, not being rooted nor enslaved by anything.
On contrary, those that reject the Love live as dwellers in this world, because they need to find meaning and purpose in the current timeline experience. And this is why Gnosticism is such a powerful doctrine in the world and the source of idolatry: with a lack of trust in Love, this reality looks like a prison.
Like light and darkness, sheep and goats, or wheat and tares, humans can be compared in their use of spiritual freedom to tenants or dwellers.
Relationship with the Lord
God asks us to listen closely to His voice and to keep His covenant.
The key here is the spiritual meaning of the word closely.
Religious interpretation, as almost always, will reinforce the bond to the traditional saying that only the gatekeepers can make sure that you are listening closely to God’s voice, by following their teachings and obeying their authority.
A free interpretation, however, can make the point that the closeness to God is made by the surrendering of the hearts, individually, to the Love of God, and in having a personal relationship with the Creator. In this case, the following of human traditions will mean the opposite thing: to get away from God’s voice by listening to men.
That difference brings another one, and that is the meaning of the Covenant.
Religions sell the idea that the Covenant is kept with the fulfilment of the religious life, or at least with the belonging to the religious group and the following of instructions and procedures. Some traditions open the possibility of some personal aspect to the relationship with God, but always under the big umbrella of the religious rule.
On the other hand, a free spiritual approach can understand that the Covenant is kept with the obedience to God’s voice in the personal level, meaning the obedience not to religious laws and costumes, but to the Law of Love, Freedom and Consciousness.
Part of the choice is made by the decision to trust or not human authority about the spiritual life, and another part of it is the decision to see spiritual life as more centered in the collective or in the individual aspects of human life.
Whatever is the case, there is no excuse to push any perspective on the subject as mandatory, because of the ultimate freedom to believe in one or another possibility.
The very recognition of the individual freedom to believe is more than enough for me to decide for the individual relationship as the real essence of the spiritual life since, in the end, we will always answer individually to the calling. The power of the collective is already the pressure of one of the basic idolatries in this world, as explained before with the concept of spiritual bolshevism.
Separation and departure
In the case we decide to be these precious tenants to the Lord, we can believe in the current separation before the dwellers, and in the coming of the departure.
The separation is not physical, economic, or political, but spiritual.
We are not here to hate the dwellers, but to learn to forgive them and to pray for them, since they are here to make their decision, and until they are alive they can get better in their spiritual lives like we always could. They should see God’s light reflected in our lives, and this can happen only if His Love and mercy shine through us into the world. Unfortunately, many religious Christians fail miserably in this task, spiting bitterness, hatred, and judgement into the world.
The separation means we will be God’s treasure in this world, which He will preserve for His plan of salvation and eternal life. This doesn’t mean immunity from the vicissitudes of our present life, but the reception of all spiritual gifts to deal with any tribulations in peace and joy, and an expectation for the departure.