Audio credit: http://www.eckiefriar.com Lesson 319

II. SECTION 10. What is the Last Judgment?

Lesson 319 I came for the salvation of the world.

  1. Here is a thought from which all arrogance has been removed, and only truth remains. For arrogance opposes truth. But when there is no arrogance, the truth will come immediately and fill up the space the ego left unoccupied by lies. Only the ego can be limited, and therefore it must seek for aims which are curtailed and limiting. The ego thinks that what one gains, totality must lose. And yet it is the Will of God I learn that what one gains is given to all.
  2. Father, Your will is total. And the goal, which stems from it, shares its totality. What aim but the salvation of the world could You have given me? And what, but this could be the Will my Self has shared with You? [1]

Everything that we gain as individuals is given to all. This lesson is one that we seek to learn in our everyday devotional practices. The gifts of one are the gifts of all, for we all benefit from each other’s contributions. When we try to keep them to ourselves, they amount to a puff of smoke, a hill of worthless beans, a useless practice. And yet when we share our gifts, they belong to all and all the more mightily and pleasingly do they benefit us individually. Our homes, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the places we go, the books we read, the music we listen to are symbols of this important lesson. From things as simple as soap in which to wash or the smartphones that connect us worldwide, the things we need to thrive and to enjoy our beings – the butchers, the bakers, the candlestick makers – no matter what we look upon is brought to us by others who have shared their gifts.

And so we are called to share our individual gifts for the benefit of all. This is how we learn through our daily walk the practices of God’s Kingdom – what one gains is given to all. Today’s lesson reminds us that our gift to share with the world is salvation. Jesus assures us that there is not a shred of ego arrogance in this statement.

Ego would rather us “share” the gifts of this world, which will always bring pain and call for sacrifice in one way or the other. In the physical domain, our offerings we “share” always come with a hefty price tag, whether it is money, effort, guilt, or manipulation. For in ego world, what one gets, others must lose. It has devised a vicious tit-for-tat accounting system. Into every ego-based special relationship, cost vs. benefit is crudely and rudely brought into play; covert or overt, it is always there hunched over its taxing, tedious, time-consuming task of apportioning, accounting, clamoring after receipts, vouchers, and chits for this and chits for that.

This is what salvation saves us from! Imagine having pure intentions and being able to share with others without being accused of secret agendas, without fear that you will go broke while they grow fat from your hard work and labor. Imagine a world in which your gifts and everybody else’s gifts are equally beneficial, appreciated, and compensated. A world where there is no need and never will be for the sordid book-keeping of ego world. A world where our gifts are not jealously regarded, needlessly taxed, or unevenly distributed.

The key to this Kingdom merely is rejecting its substitute, to call for truth, to ask our Father in. This is the beginning of our salvation. When we begin to see the serfdom in which we live as the nightmare alternative to that Kingdom, we have learned of our need for salvation. Until then, we adjust ourselves to indentured servitude to the ego-systems of the world, we learn what debt-bondage teaches us, we learn what God is not. Limited by time and space, separated from eternity by a veil of shadows, the salvation of the world comes only after we realize what this world was, what this world is, and what this world is meant to be. It is individual, and it is for all. What other goals could we possibly have been given but to return ourselves and our world to God?

Our Father shares a certainty that only His quiet, unchanging Love can afford. We are His Sons, created free, powerful, and limitless. We are created in Love, for Love, and to be Love. Dust-formed bodies cannot define His Son forever. The madness of bloodshed and death, war and destruction, taxation and aggravation expose the fallen, separated, hellish state for what it is. We wake up one day to say – No More. We don’t need illegal substances, prescriptions, causes, religions, wealth, degrees, and dogma to numb the pain, to help us adjust to madness. We want the truth. We want God’s Kingdom come in our lives and in our world. This is salvation. It begins with you and me. People who are awake, wake up others no matter how calm and quiet they may be. The gains we gain are given to all. Hallelujah!

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 319. I came for the…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 460