There are more snippets in Walter Lanyon's O Colourful One that I wanted to post. I've kind of let the time slip by this morning...checking my mail...checking out items of interest on my AOL Welcome page. Very important and mind titillating things like a light bulb that lasts 17 years and where to find the best deal on eyeglasses.
As far as the eyeglass thing...at this point I have to say, Sears is probably not on the list. Keith and I recently bought new glasses at Sears. Within a week or so, we both fell and broke our old glasses. Keith's, to make a long story short, were run over by a truck. Mine took the brunt of a face first belly flop on the sidewalk. I loved those glasses...progressive lenses that I could actually see out of from day one...with no adjustment period. So off to Sears we went...enticed by the advertisements of TWO pairs of glasses for 149.00. Not only were they quite a bit pricier ...we can't see out of either pair. Mine are going back today...Keith's are going back tomorrow or Sunday....but.....I digress. Back to Walter and his thoughts on this "oh colourful one" who dwells within us....
"What you are about to experience when you can give up or let go of this tinsel personality---painted with the colours of effort and struggle to be or do something personal---is so far beyond anything that has ever been written or told you that the comparison is absurd. What you lose when you give up or let go of the personal something is the difference between Jesus and the Christ. And this giving up is not a straining thing when once you understand the truth as taught by the Master.
Now that comparison...the difference between Jesus and the Christ is quite interesting for someone trying to figure out this adamic man/christ man thing. Is there a difference between the two? I find this intriguing because I have oft mused about...oh, for instance....when Paul talks about Jesus...is he talking about Jesus the skinsuit (as my friend annie refers to the MAN Christ Jesus) or the (new age wording alert) cosmic Christ that supposedly lies within all of us. It is there, the light that lights every man who comes into the world, yet it is unquickened in many. Will only a CHRISTIAN experience of being born again awaken the Christ in us from its slumbers?
Do not be afraid that your darling ---the little personality that has perhaps to your eyes attained such wonderful things, and wants credit for it always---is going to be lost by giving up and letting the Christ into expression. You will lose nothing but the prison of a name and a following, and find a Name and a hollowing a million times greater than the little consecrated soul you thought you were when working to bring in the millennium and to save the world.
This reminds me of a quote I stumbled upon long ago and saved to my quote file...
Salt, when dissolved in water, may disappear, but it does not cease to exist. We can be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise, the indwelling Christ, though unseen, will be made evident to others from the love which he imparts to us. Sadhu Sundar Singh
Yet I wonder if this could not also be visa versa. Could it not be that when the Christ in us is awakened and like Paul, we experience the "it is not I who lives but Christ who lives within me" thing...that our individuality is swallowed up...dissolved, like the salt...yet it is still there. I've heard Gary Sigler say that we are each an individual expression of the Christ...and that we express him on the earth as only WE can. So is there something of enduring value to the uniqueness and diversity God has taken the time to endow us all with that does not simply melt into a God blob...or a "we are borg" communal mindset? Walter addresses this when he simply states:
Your individuality is not lost; it is found.
You are this fountain of pure White Light which is everything and anything. It can be that which it will, and is so chameleon-like that it can harmonize with its surrounding either for protection---lost to the human eye---or to bring forth a glorious revelation. The great floods of understanding will ever be able to speak in that colour that is understandable to the listening one. Thou art all colours, twinkling, blazing, flaring up into expression.
Reminds me of Paul's I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some and this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.”
And then there is that Jesus vs. the Christ differentiation again...
What to Jesus was a problem was nothing to the Christ-what to you as a human personality may seem an impossible, insurmountable obstacle is nothing to the soul of you. The tiny resources which you hugged to yourself as a personality become as a drop in the bucket compared to the overflowing of the windows that are opened in heaven when you recognize the Power of the Son of the Living God.
Something to think about as I go about this day. And a question from this writing.....
When will you lay aside the trinkets you borrowed from your masters in Egypt? They have served you well, but they are also souvenirs of your bondage.
More to follow....probably :)