As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. (2 Corinthians 6:1-10)
We can work alone—whether it be in our spiritual practice or in our career. But it is through working together with God, with Christ, that we become a blessing to those we encounter every day. In cooperation we lose sight of selfish things. Once the ego-centered part of us is out of the way, we become a channel without hindrance to the flow of God’s blessings in the world. We will often find it is difficult to step out of the way. The feeling is awkward because a part of us wants to remain in control, but cooperation means giving up control to a higher purpose and a higher power. When we are the open channel that cooperation with God creates, we lift up the consciousness of everyone around us. When we work cooperatively we bring a different kind of energy to the work. The work is filled with hope, peace, and understanding because, in cooperation, we are more than each of us individually working at the same time. Each person’s unique skill fits into its place and builds harmony when it pursues the purpose of cooperation. Cooperation is required of us to access the highest power for good. We are brought into cooperation by love and at the same time we choose cooperation through the love that exists within us.
Help us to give up our will God, so that your love may be expressed in us and through us. May we be a channel of blessings through the work we do in cooperation with you. May all of the people we touch or come in contact with be blessed in every way by your love. When we are alone, help us to be ready to answer the spiritual need of those around us with love. We give thanks for the ways that you meet us and work in complementary ways according to our skills and our interests. Let our purpose together be love. Amen.
From The Readings
2012-110 Wrestling control away from the ego, by the will and the higher self, is what psychologists call individuation, and what the mystics call illumination or enlightenment. When this occurs you can see the person overcome the feelings they sense through self-control, overcome feelings of cold or heat, and do what appears to be super-human or supernatural acts. Do not despair over your feelings. Your awareness of your feelings and your ability to observe your own experience of feelings are stages on the path to a higher control, a control that is activated by surrender and activated by acceptance. And this is why acceptance is such a high form or manifestation of love.