Letters to Jesus (Recognizing What's Important)-11
What is of consequence in this life? To cultivate a relationship with You and to love – these are of consequence! In trying to see the “big picture” nothing else matters as much as these.
Just what is the “big picture?” Everyone probably has a different answer to this, but I see it this way:The scriptural accounts of creation and “the fall” may be true or they may be metaphorical but, in either case, man exists by and for God. We belong to God in the way children belong to a father. That relationship should be one of love, but love must be given freely, by choice, and that choice is offered to man. Making this choice was, and is, of great consequence. Choosing anything else stands between God and man; yet, from the beginning and on through time man has chosen ways that distance him from God rather than unite him. Man struggles mightily to get back to the state of being an extension of God Himself. To me, the whole history of mankind is not complete until this re-perfection occurs. This will only happen when we accept and live out the love and seeking of God that are of great consequence to our being.
In the collective thinking of mankind we have historically built up a mountain of concerns that we regard as important to God, but they are actually of little or no consequence when compared to loving and seeking Him. That is all that life was meant to be about. But we have accumulated large amounts of outlandish concerns which we attribute to our concept of God. They, however, actually get between us and God.
Seeking God and loving are of such monumental consequence that our Father sent You to show us by Your example, Your teaching, Your passion and death just how we, the living, should negotiate these consequences. Thus we might say that scripture is an important guidebook toward these ends. But there existed, even before scripture, an urge to seek God directly and through others as well as a need to love. Both of these great consequences of life I see in the eye of God long before there was scripture and long before You walked the earth.
God always takes into consideration the nature and direction of mankind with inscrutable prescience. But the bottom line is that we make the choices. In order for there to be love, it must be this way. We must not choose things of lesser consequence that come between us.