There’s no life in externalities. Life comes from within our being. Not from us but from Christ in us. I was raised as a Sabbath-keeper. I’m not one now. I have a Sabbath-life. Such a life is not only a life of comfort and perpetual rest. It’s a life in Life Himself. The bottom line of real life is that life is a person. This is the declaration of John in the first chapter of his book. Because life is God LIFE IS ALSO YOU.
LIFE IN THE SON
‘Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made’ John 1.3 NIV.
Paul reinforces and adds depth to this truth with his, ‘He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.17 NIV. They hold together in the relationship that is the trinity.
John certifies that Jesus and the trinity are our life with his ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20. The day we realise this is the day we have moved from religion to life and from our life in Adam to our union with God. Life is in you and life is you because you are in God.
LIFE IN RELATIONSHIP
Firstly life is the person of Jesus. He is the door to life because He is our entrance to fellowship in the trinity. It’s fitting that we enter through a human being – Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God. Secondly our life in spirit and in truth as opposed to life in externalities is life in fellowship with God. This means the pleasures that are ours living in relationship to each member of the trinity as a unique person and our enjoyment of this fellowship that is the incorporation of ourselves into the fellowship of the trinity.
Our incorporation into the trinity is ‘divine rest for human restlessness.’ Here we are home. Here we are loved and celebrated. Here we continue to be nurtured into the CONTINUOUS BECOMING of our unique selves as daughters and sons of God.
I participate in the Lord’s Supper because it is a celebration of what is – our oneness with God. There is no magic in the elements. They are a sign of a greater reality – the key reality of our age. The reality that we are in God and God is in us and each of us are sons in spirit and in truth. You can step into life every day with the thought, ‘How is this son/daughter about to express God and Me today?! Richard Rohr expresses this joy as follows.
“I did not go to Eucharistic communion most of that Lent; I instead learned to live in communion most of the hours of the day, which I think is the goal of any true sacrament or practice. This doesn’t take a lot of thinking. It doesn’t take a lot of theology. It doesn’t take a lot of education. It’s doesn’t even take a lot of morality. You just have to walk and breathe and receive and give, and—voilà!—you’re in the flow. And this cannot be done by just thinking about it. It’s like you’re in on the secret of the universe, and yet you can’t prove it to anybody, just as I’m likely not “proving” anything to you right now. Even so, stepping into this flow is enough to satisfy you forever. It’s enough to make you content with the rest of your life. It’s enough to know you really are okay and the world is okay, too. This is what it means to be captured by the Triune flow.”
Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1834-1841). SPCK. Kindle Edition.