Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we ponder our lives as seek to understand the divinely coordinated life.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Divinely Coordinated Life
"Jesus saith unto them, 'my meat is do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. And
this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him,
may have everlasting life: I will raise him up at the last day.'" John, Chapter 4 and 6, Verses
32 and 48.
He is never in a hurry,
But is always on time-The Divinely Coordinated Life
Brothers and sisters, Jesus is the example of one who discovered the Father's will for his life. If we
wish to discover the Father's will for our lives, we must be loyal to the Father as Jesus was. Indeed
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. In the discovery of the Father's will for our lives, we refer to
living a divinely coordinated life. The supreme discovery of our earthly life is the discovery of the
Father's will associated with the discovery of that will for our lives.
Today we shall look at some factors that go into living a divinely coordinated life, a life in
submission to the Father's will. We shall define what we mean by divine and coordinated. We shall
examine how all this coordination takes place. We shall look at how the spiritual helpers, our angels
and their associates, bring all this coordination together. Jesus referred to these angels when he said,
"I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" and
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels
do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." These angels and their associates work
tirelessly to bring us into the light, to get us to accept salvation. We shall show why it is necessary
to be consistent in our lives in order to live divinely coordinated. And finally we shall examine the
role of faith in the discovery of the Father's will for our lives.
The Father is the source of all true reality, and this is true even though we can create a temporary
reality that is not divinely coordinated. Only that which is true, beautiful, and good has eternal
significance and therefore has an eternal existence. The Father begins revealing this divine reality
to us when his spirit comes to live in our minds and souls. This divine spirit immediately begins
revealing truth, beauty and goodness, the display of divine values and meaning. We know that these
slumbering possessions become real in our consciousness in response to moral and spiritual
environmental stimuli. As we live within our social environment, we are confronted with situations
that require a moral and spiritual choice from us. As we make these moral and spiritual choices, then
do divine values and meanings become actual in our experiences. So we see that in order for this
process of choosing moral and spiritual choices to be progressive and continuous rather than
haphazard, some kind of coordination is necessary. And this coordination is divine.
By divine we mean the process whereby the Heavenly Father is able to manifest his will through
other divine beings until His will appears in the person of His Son, who lived the life in the flesh.
Divinity is the coordinating quality that insures that all spiritual beings that stand between us and the
Father all act similarly. This ability of the Father to be in His Son, the quality of divinity, and since
he is present in all of his creatures, coordination becomes a reality when all his children allow him
to rule in them through His Son, Jesus. Coordination is defined as that process that allows different
parts of a given situation to function in harmony. A material example would be the functioning of
a healthy human body.
Thus the stage is set for living the divinely and coordinated life. The practical aspects of this divine
coordination would not be possible without the angels and their associates who manipulate the social
and moral arenas, even the physical arena at times to bring us into contact with each other for moral
and spiritual interactions. The universe is based upon the principle of sharing. Just as soon as we
acquire knowledge, be it intellectual, moral or spiritual, we are given the opportunity to share it with
others. This cycle is fixed, so that knowledge is not really possessed by us until we demonstrate our
willingness and ability to share it with others. So then one of the primary functions of the spiritual
helpers is to manipulate the social and moral environment, so that those who have certain knowledge
come into contact with those who need it. This process becomes efficient when we discover the
Father's will for our lives and wholeheartedly cooperate by embracing it.
When discerning the Father's will, loving unselfish urges are displayed alongside the selfish ones
when confronted with the choice to choose good over evil. When we chose the good, the loving
unselfish urges, we chose the Father's will; when we chose the selfish urges in the face of the urge
for unselfishness, we choose our wills. And this is not strange, since the human will is associated
with the self, the divine will is associated with non-self at least until the two become unified. Having
realized the divine urges, the only thing remaining now is to realize the arena of our lives in which
our life work will display these urges.
In choosing our life's work, there are many factors involved other than primary desire for some
vocation, including life circumstances, education, talent, other influences--some good and some
otherwise--and a willingness to follow where our giftedness leads. The Spirit gives each of us talents,
and when we pursue these God-given talents, we experience joy and satisfaction in our work. During
this time, on our world, this process is sometimes derailed by selfishness, by the popular culture that
cherishes material benefits and selfish aggrandizement as the primary purpose of living, to the
exclusion of the unselfish loving service of our gift. Thus we find many of us do not pursue our gifts
but pursue that which serves ourselves. But if we would be true to ourselves, true to the God-given
talent, our spiritual helpers under the direction of the Spirit of Truth will arrange the circumstances
so that we eventually find our way onto the track of our life's work, the discovery of the Father's will
for our lives. We will know when we are pursuing our true talent because we will excel at it. It is
something that we enjoy doing, and do not look at it as work at all, but as a privilege to be shared
with others. And even though many times we may receive monetary compensation for this work, the
compensations are not our primary motive for doing the work. The desire to serve is the motive.
In a complex situation, no one can predict what kind of decisions we will make, but habitual
decisions allow the spiritual forces to plan and coordinate the projected decision based upon prior
habitual decisions and based upon our dedication to doing the Father's will, which is choosing the
decision of the highest value. When we are divinely coordinated, consistency becomes the hallmark
of our character. It is this quality of consistence that allows the spiritual forces to manipulate the
moral and social environment for the exchange of knowledge-moral and spiritual, sometimes even
material knowledge. If the spiritual forces can count on us being at a certain place at a given time,
in other words being where we are supposed to be, then arrangements can be made for the exchange
of knowledge. But if we are unreliable, we can see the problem of trying to effectively coordinate
the exchange of knowledge. This knowledge, both moral and spiritual, may be the display of the
divine character for a benighted fellow brother or sister. It may be an interchange of comfort or
encouragement, as well as the dazzling display of spiritual and philosophical insight. It may be doing
an unselfish act for another; or it may be a purely spiritual encounter between the divine spirit of one
human being and another. When this knowledge is exchanged, it is internalized and integrated into
the very fabric of our souls, such that we become that knowledge, as it were. It is similar to the way
that we take in food and assimilate it. It becomes part of our bodies.
Finally we must allow faith to grasp the divine values and meanings of our growth process. There
is no room for doubt in the acquisition of divine values and meanings. The very fact that values are
meaningful is in of itself proof that the divine value is a reality otherwise how could it be
meaningful. The discovery of the Father's will for our lives means that we have made the decision
to live divinely, and living divinely is by daily submission of our wills to the Father's will. We
accomplish this act through our desire and faith. And when we do submit our wills to the Father's
will, we discern and execute the Father's will by making the choice of the highest value, the choice
of the highest understanding and wisdom that we possess in a given moral and spiritual situation,
for that is the choosing of the Father's will. And as we continue along this path of divine discovery,
we eventually complete the spiritual goals set for us in this life--we become like Jesus, perfected in
the sense of our dedication to doing the Father's will as shown by Jesus when he was in the flesh and
now by His Spirit of Truth.
This concludes today's message on the discovery of the Father's will for your Life. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next time, this
is Dr. James Perry.