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Spiritually Speaking…..Understanding ‘I Am,’ Because He Said So

By James Washington | 2/28/2014, noon

So what’s the point? I mean salvation, born again, new life, faith, love thy neighbor as thyself stuff, spiritual principles and eternal existence and their meaning. When all is said and done, when it really comes down to it, what is life all about? For me, one of the glories of being delivered is recognizing the precious nature of existence. I believe, I exist at the absolute whim of God. And before you think me frivolous or simple minded, let me define that for you. I define that whim as God’s unconditional and explicit love for me. A so called great philosopher once said, “I exist, therefore I am.” I believe I am because God said so. I mean, like when you were little, very little and someone disputed your word and your only response was, “Uh huh! It’s true because my mama to told me.” That was it. Regardless of whatever other nonsense was spoken at you, the truth rested comfortably in your mama’s word.

So here we are, living breathing creatures in a universe we didn’t create and have no control over. I submit to you that God’s Word about us is certainly as pure as your mother’s. “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” Okay, fear God and keep His commandments. Mom used to say, “be home by eleven.” Do what I tell you and we’ll get along just fine. In many ways God tells us over and over again such simple truths that we forget the concept of delayed gratification min favor of instant pleasure. The world promises finite flesh, while the Lord delivers infinite spirituality. I heard a preacher once say, heaven is one big “now.” Existence in heaven knows no boundaries of time, no past, no future; just now. That revelation alone should move a lot of us. It does me because in many ways, even if I don’t understand “heaven” it’s got to be true because daddy said so. Therefore time as I know it will not exist upon my death. Consciousness as I know it will not exist upon my death. Existence as I know it will not be what I think, but my eternity, my ‘nowness,’ my ‘amness’ will be in relation to the Alpha and the Omega.

At times, it is quite unimaginable to try and comprehend God, but I do know Jesus is Lord. Jesus is man. Jesus is me or I am Him. That’s my reality and following God’s commandments is my map. Can you spell right relationship with god? Can you say I am because he said so? If not, just say I am because He is. This simplicity can be mind boggling. This unconditional love thing, coupled with the power of God, I believe is contagious and infectious. My way of looking at it is it will all come to a head at the moment of death and I will know the essence of how and how much God loved and loves me. My goal as is proclaimed in the life and death and life of Christ is to understand I will get a chance to love him back. Now ain’t that something?

May God bless and keep you always.