Does Life “Work” for a Living?
Paul L. Garlington
 
Life, divine life is ONE, infinite, whole, complete, perfect, lacking in nothing. It’s ALL (the only) power, presence, and mind. Since there’s none else, this life must be the life I am and, in it alone, I live and move and exist. Inasmuch as life is eternal, without beginning or end, it cannot age, deteriorate or be diminished even as much as a sub-atomic particle. In light of this glorious reality, there are several questions that must immediately be addressed.

Does God have to “work” for the purpose of sustaining and maintaining the Infinite Life that God alone is? Haven’t we already established at the outset that Divine Life is eternally whole, complete, perfect? Moreover, since the universe that God pronounced good and very good exists in God and nowhere else, does God have to work to prevent its annihilation? If the state of the universe is that precarious, what does that say about God in whom all things consist, subsist and exist? Remember, God is not in the universe, the universe is in God. This is why Solomon, when dedicating the temple, said, “The heavens of heaven cannot contain Thee, much less this house which I built.” The universe is God’s idea. While we may be impressed with the mind-boggling magnitude of the universe, always remember, the universe is still God’s idea, and God’s alone. Which is greater—the idea or the mind that conceived the idea? Without question, it is always the mind that conceived the idea that must be the greater! The universe with all of its far-flung galaxies is God’s idea and exists eternally in God in general, and in God-mind specifically.

So again, does God work to sustain and maintain all that God is? Does God have to work to maintain or save from annihilation the universe, God’s idea that exists in God? No! Therefore, in spite of the hysteria that surrounds the “Save the Planet” campaigns, the truth ever remains when we begin with God, what God is and what God includes, we realize that life, God is eternal, and all that God conceives abides forever. “I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear (m.g. be in awe before) Him.” (Eccl 3:14) Can you see the absurdity of working to save the planet? Since God is the very life that I am (we are) inclusive of perfect everything, if God is not working to sustain and maintain all that God, life is, aren’t my individual efforts ridiculous to say the least?

But Jesus in the Gospels makes it crystal clear that God does work. The obvious question before us is, “How, why does God work?” Answer: God is eternally engaged in the business (work) of BEING all that God is. Since God, life is One and there is none else, divinity must be the nature of individual identity. Therefore, God’s work must of necessity include all that I am. In other words, whatever God is doing, God is doing it AS me, and this is eternal, unchangeable reality. The everlasting gospel is the truth that God cannot deny Himself and God is the self that I am for there is none else. Therefore, whatever God is doing as me is what I do for a living. So in response to the hackneyed, often intrusive question asked by all too many people, “What do you do for a living?”, there’s only one response that bears witness to the truth, namely, “Whatever God is doing as me is what I do for a living.”

In duality (the belief in separation from God, good), we think of working for someone, of taking on an assignment as a separate individual according to our so-called abilities and talents. In oneness (I am the vine, ye are the branches), we can do nothing of ourselves. God being the only power, mind, and presence must be the only worker. If you have no power or intelligence apart from God, how can you claim ability to work apart from God? God being the only worker, must also be the only effectual doer. Haven’t you discovered that when you have this sense of God working AS you, that you are far more effective, efficient and creative? Did you notice the weight that suddenly seemed to disappear as you were flooded with the joy of the effortlessness of divine action? Can’t you see if God isn’t doing it, it just isn’t happening?

Because infinite being functioning as the individual identity I am is always doing perfectly what God does, I can never, in reality, be unemployed. In other words, if I begin with what God is, and all that He is as all that I am, if God works, I work; if God is perfectly employed, I am perfectly employed. Hence, if you are fearing unemployment, or if you seem to be unable to get a job, isn’t it because you are entertaining the belief that you exist outside of God, good, outside of what God is being as all that you are? That unique thing that God is being as you is the eternal, unchangeable fact of existence. It is the good news.

In the realization that God is doing His work IN you AS you, anything you do has infinite value. Hence, from the vantage point of oneness, the President’s job has no greater importance, value or worth than the domestic. In other words, the domestic cleaning homes, the nanny caring for one’s children, or the garbage collector’s work is no less in value than the President, the diplomat, or the movie star. The reason is very simple, yet very important: If the One is the many, and the many are the One, then infinite value must be given to everything each one does because infinite being is doing it. If we could only understand and accept this, a lot of people would be free to be honest with themselves about what they truly enjoy doing, not being concerned in the least about what value somebody else attaches to their work.

In duality, we define ourselves, our value, our worth to society by the kind of work we do. In oneness, value is based solely upon who’s doing the work, and God is the only doer. In duality, the kind of work you do determines whether you are anybody or a nobody. This is the only reason why, if you are unemployed or under-employed, you break out in a cold sweat when people ask you what you do. You feel you have no value in the absence of a job or employment that impresses others. However, in oneness, infinite being alone is value and the value of what you do is due exclusively to the One who is doing it as you. God is infinite in value, therefore whatever God is doing must have infinite value. So if you enjoy being a mechanic, then be it to the glory of God. If anyone asks you what you do for a living, remember, you really don’t have to tell them anything. It just depends on how you feel. Perhaps you really feel at the time like saying, “I have no response to that question.” But should you decide to respond, begin with God, and the fact that God, the only power and ability, is being a mechanic as you, and this is what you do joyfully for a living.

When we are rooted and grounded in the awareness of all that God is as the individual self that I am, it leads inevitably to radical Self-reliance. The self we are relying on is not some little, powerless personality that exists outside of omnipresent being. The self we are relying on is the infinite self that God is as us. And we are never too young to know radical reliance. Jesus demonstrated this awareness even at the age of twelve. “And He said to them, ‘Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house (or about My Father’s business)?’ And they did not understand the statement which He had made to them.” (Lk 2:49,50) By the age of twelve, Jesus was already luxuriating in the joy of God being all that God is as the infinite, individual identity known as Jesus. The following passage is a beautiful illustration of God doing His thing as Jesus. (Jn 5:1-20)

“After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]” How many of you are waiting for the moving of the water? Are you waiting for your ship to come in; your lottery number to show up; Mr. Right to arrive; Mr. Wrong to leave; for that perfect job to come knocking at your door? Do you find yourself in a perpetual holding pattern (i.e., a state or period in which no progress or change is made or planned), waiting for some power or authority outside yourself to get stirred up to action in your behalf so that you can finally get what you want? Isn’t is time to accept the fact that the stirring that results in the experience of all good things must begin, yea, can only begin within one’s self?

Having established that God is always BEING all that God is as all that I am, who is it that’s waiting? Is God ever in a holding pattern? If, indeed, you are in a holding pattern in your life, is it not because you are entertaining the thought that you are separate from God, good? Is God waiting to be all that God can be or to do all that God is capable of doing? God is omni-action, infinitely sublime, poetry in motion, eternally engaged in the business (work) of being all that God is. Since we live and move and have our being in that reality, we can never, ever, in point of fact, be in a holding pattern.

“And a certain man was there, who had been thirty-eight years in his sickness. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, ‘Do you wish to get well?’” Jesus is not being insensitive by asking that particular question. If a man has been plagued by a disability for thirty-eight years and every year he fails to capitalize on the opportunity to get well, isn’t the question, “Do you really want this” justified? Could it be that he has a major investment in being a victim? Are there advantages, albeit very weird, that people think they gain from being sick or disabled?

“The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming (year after frustrating year), another steps down before me.’” Now the “work” of Jesus was to abide in the consciousness that, “The Father abiding in Me does His work,” and to rejoice in celebration of the fact that the whole earth is full of His glory, therefore, nothing can be present but good and very good. Piercing the veil, His consciousness of truth saw the perfect body that God had made and He said to the man, “Arise, take up your pallet and walk.” Good news always requires decisive action. If the truth you BE is so now, why do you hesitate? Arise, shout for joy and act the truth that is your glorious, present reality.

“And immediately the man became well, and took up his pallet and began to walk.” Do you see it? Is the light of dawn beginning to arise in your heart? I can assure you the inevitable sign that you are beginning to understand the truth is that you will be beside yourself with joy. But beware (be aware), your liberation, prosperity and blessing could suddenly become somebody’s problem. Do you care? Would you be willing to return to the futility and bondage of former things just to alleviate their problems?

“Now it was the Sabbath on that day (i.e., the day that Jesus cured the lame man). Therefore the Jews were saying to him who was cured, ‘It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.’” Whoa ugly! Aren’t you teachers and custodians of the truth suppose to be doing the same thing that Jesus is doing? Do you ever heal on any of the six days prior to the Sabbath? If God has healed this man for His glory, isn’t the carrying of his pallet, yes, even on the Sabbath, bearing witness to the glory of God’s goodness? Is it permissible to glorify God on the Sabbath? Isn’t deliverance from sickness in any form another way of entering into our rest or Sabbath? “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good...to save a life?” “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Consequently, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (Mk 3:4; 2:27,28)

“But he answered them, ‘He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘TAKE UP YOUR PALLET AND WALK.’” Obviously the man feels that if Jesus had the authority to make him well on the Sabbath, He could also set aside the phony, legalistic rules of the Jews concerning the Sabbath. Nevertheless, they persist. “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet and walk?’” Do you get it? If you have friends, family or spiritual teachers who are in crisis or threatened in any way because you are experiencing, “the freedom of the glory of the children of God,” it’s time to run with a new crowd (especially since, having been healed, you are now able to run).

“And for this reason, the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing this thing (i.e., abiding in the truth that God is doing His work as Me) on the Sabbath. “But He answered them, ‘My Father is working until now and I Myself am working.’ For this cause, therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, ‘Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and greater works than these will He show Him, that you may marvel.’” Is it starting to make sense now? Not only is God living the only life that is as us, God delights to show us what He is doing, indeed, as us. And we haven’t seen anything yet! “Beloved, NOW we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be...we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.” (1 Jn 3:2)

Remember, in oneness, value is not determined by the work you do, but by who is doing the work. Since God is the only effectual doer, the work God does as us must have infinite value. Moreover, what this “work” is is not a mystery to be unraveled for, “The Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing.” Therefore, be you mechanic, carpenter (as Jesus), cartoonist, garbage collector, fiddler on the roof, or “Air Jordan”, do all to the glory of God. It’s all good!

Is it beginning to click for you? Jesus went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed because that’s what the Father was doing as Him. If you need to discover what God is doing as you, don’t begin with an interest inventory test, nor talk to people to ascertain what they think. Begin with God and rejoice in the truth of all that God is as you, yes even at this very moment, and I assure you, suddenly, you’ll find yourself in your perfect placement.

“Do you not believe that I am in the Father (Infinite, universal self), and the Father is in Me (Infinite, individual identity)? The words that I say to you, I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His work.” Once you are rooted and grounded in the truth that everything we do has infinite value because Infinite Being is doing the work, you then understand the dictum, “Love God and do as you please.”

“For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on.” (Mat 6:25) How ridiculous! Your life IS God’s life, perfect, whole, complete, lacking in nothing. God has given us freely all things to enjoy because God cannot deny Himself. I am the presence of the power, and the power of the presence. The place where I stand, in spite of all pictures of lack, is holy ground. An “eat your heart out” table is spread before me even in the presence of my enemies. Wherever God is, perfect everything must be present for this is the nature of omnipresent BEING being. Do you know of any place where God is absent? How did you happen to come by this information, and who gave you this dubious bit of intelligence? How can this be possible if God is all in all? If God is absent anywhere, God must be absent everywhere. Then, pray tell, where are you?

Therefore, whenever you find yourself anxious and obsessing over so-called survival issues, “Look at the birds of the air that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns (i.e., work for a living, struggling to preserve life and limb lest they die), and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” I know why the birds welcome the dawn with joyful singing? Do you? It would seem that they know instinctively the truth we so often suppress that, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.” (Ps 68:19KJV) From the top of every tree, house and building, the birds can be heard rejoicing in the faithfulness of God as they fly swiftly to gather up their daily portion that God has so lavishly provided.

“Are you not worth much more than they?” Woman (man), why are you weeping? Why are you anxious for anything? Doesn’t this imply that, in spite of the fact that the earth is full of God’s glory, goodness, you still know something not good? Can you prove that lack is present without making God a liar? “May it never be! Rather, let God be found true though every man be found a liar!” (Rom 3:3)

“But,” you protest, “What about adequate clothing for myself and family?” “Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin (work to obtain these things), yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith?” Isn’t it wonderful!? Without toil or sweat on our part to acquire these things, God will clothe us in beauty that surpassed the glory of Solomon, yes, even for a one time event. Who is there to say to God, “Why this waste?” The opulence of the universe is in manifestation everywhere for all those who have heartsight.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6) “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” “Let all who seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee; and let those who love Thy salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified.’” (Ps 70:4)

So what is our work? “I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime.” (Eccl 3:12) “It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord...for Thou, O Lord, has made me glad by what Thou has done. I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hand.” Since infinite good is the eternal reality, continuous celebration is my work of faith and labor of love. “Thank you Father, you have already heard me,” is my story and I am sticking with it, in spite of all contradictory appearances. Sing what the Lord has done for us. Sing what a mighty God He is. Walls are tumbling everywhere. The trumpet has sounded inaugurating the year of Jubilee. The everlasting gospel is being proclaimed to the ends of the earth. “Go, eat the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength...And all the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions and to celebrate a great festival (m.g., make a great rejoicing), because they understood the words which had been make know to them.” (Neh 8:10,12)

You, too, when you have understood the words of this truth, will arise with great rejoicing and literally be swept into a new dimension where the former things will not be remembered or come to mind.

 
 

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