Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
LESSON 186 The Salvation of the World Depends on Me.
- Here is the statement that will one day take all arrogance away from every mind. Here is the thought of true humility, which holds no function as your own but that which has been given you. It offers your acceptance of a part assigned to you, without insisting on another role. It does not judge your proper role. It but acknowledges the Will of God is done on earth as well as Heaven. It unites all wills on earth in Heaven’s plan to save the world, restoring it to Heaven’s peace.
- Let us not fight our function. We did not establish it. It is not our idea. The means are given us by which it will be perfectly accomplished. All that we are asked to do is to accept our part in genuine humility, and not deny with self-deceiving arrogance that we are worthy. What is given us to do, we have the strength to do. Our minds are suited perfectly to take the part assigned to us by One Who knows us well.
- Today’s idea may seem quite sobering, until you see its meaning. All it says is that your Father still remembers you and offers you the perfect trust He holds in you who are His Son. It does not ask that you be different in any way from what you are. What could humility request but this? And what could arrogance deny but this? Today we will not shrink from our assignment on the specious grounds that modesty is outraged. It is pride that would deny the Call for God Himself.
- All false humility we lay aside today, that we may listen to God’s Voice reveal to us what He would have us do. We do not doubt our adequacy for the function He will offer us. We will be certain only that He knows our strengths, our wisdom and our holiness. And if He deems us worthy, so we are. It is but arrogance that judges otherwise.
- There is one way, and only one, to be released from the imprisonment your plan to prove the false is true has brought to you. Accept the plan you did not make instead. Judge not your value to it. If God’s Voice assures you that salvation needs your part, and that the whole depends on you, be sure that it is so. The arrogant must cling to words, afraid to go beyond them to experience which might affront their stance. Yet are the humble free to hear the Voice Which tells them what they are, and what to do.
- Arrogance makes an image of yourself that is not real. It is this image which quails and retreats in terror, as the Voice for God assures you that you have the strength, the wisdom, and the holiness to go beyond all images. You are not weak, as is the image of yourself. You are not ignorant and helpless. Sin can not tarnish the truth in you, and misery can come not near the holy home of God.
- All this the Voice for God relates to you. And as He speaks, the image trembles and seeks to attack the threat it does not know, sensing its basis crumble. Let it go. Salvation of the world depends on you, and not upon this little pile of dust. What can it tell the holy Son of God? Why need he be concerned with it at all?
- And so we find our peace. We will accept the function God has given us, for all illusions rest upon the weird belief that we can make another for ourselves. Our self-made roles are shifting, and they seem to change from mourner to ecstatic bliss of love and loving. We can laugh or weep and greet the day with welcome or with tears. Our very being seems to change as we experience a thousand shifts in mood, and our emotions raise us high indeed, or dash us to the ground in hopelessness.
- Is this the Son of God? Could He create such instability and call it Son? He Who is changeless shares His attributes with His creation. All the images His Son appears to make have no effect on what he is. They blow across his mind like wind-swept leaves that form a patterning an instant, break apart to group again, and scamper off. Or like mirages seen above a desert, rising from the dust.
- These unsubstantial images will go, and leave your mind unclouded and serene, when you accept the function given you. The images you make give rise to but conflicting goals, impermanent and vague, uncertain and ambiguous. Who could be constant in his efforts, or direct his energies and concentrated drive toward goals like these? The functions which the world esteems are so uncertain that they change ten times an hour at their most secure. What hope of gain can rest on goals like this?
- In lovely contrast, certain as the sun’s return each morning to dispel the night, your truly given function stands out clear and wholly unambiguous. There is no doubt of its validity. It comes from One Who knows no error, and His Voice is certain of Its messages. They will not change, nor be in conflict. All of them point to one goal, and one you can attain. Your plan may be impossible, but God’s can never fail because He is its Source.
- Do as God’s Voice directs. And if It asks a thing of you which seems impossible, remember Who it is That asks, and who would make denial. Then consider this; which is more likely to be right? The Voice That speaks for the Creator of all things, Who knows all things exactly as they are, or a distorted image of yourself, confused, bewildered, inconsistent, and unsure of everything? Let not its voice direct you. Hear instead a certain Voice, Which tells you of a function give you by your Creator, Who remembers you, and urges that you now remember Him.
- His gentle Voice is calling from the known to the unknowing. He would comfort you, although He knows no sorrow. He would make a restitution, though He is complete; a gift to you, although He knows that you have everything already. He has Thoughts which answer every need His Son perceives, although He sees them not. For Love must give, and what is given in His Name takes on the form most useful in a world of form.
- These are the forms which never can deceive because they come from Formlessness Itself. Forgiveness is an earthly form of love, which as it is in Heaven has no form. Yet what is needed here is given here as it is needed. In this form you can fulfill your function even here, although what love will mean to you when formlessness has been restored to you is greater still. Salvation of the world depends on you who can forgive. Such is your function here.
Notes and Personal Application: Who do we think we are claiming that the salvation of the world depends upon us? We are Sons of God, beloved of our Father, irreplaceable, inerasable, accepting our true identity, our proper role in acknowledging the Will of God on earth and restoring our world to Heaven’s peace.
Jesus encourages us in today’s lesson not to fight our function. Do not let a false sense of being unworthy keep us back from answering the call of God in our lives. We will not let the ego’s twisted modesty trick us into thinking we are not good enough, educated enough, special enough to do our part in God’s plan for salvation. God knows us! If He says we are worthy, we are worthy. He does not care how many times we screwed up. He does not care how skinny or how obese we are. He does not care how many times we ended up behind bars or on probation. He does not care how many degrees we may have after our name. He does not care how much money we have. The only thing that God cares about is that we accept that there is nothing we could do – that would shake His love and devotion. There are not enough vices in the universe to come between us and God. There is no sin that would remove the Christ in us. There is no hardship that the world can mete out to prove its strength and power that does not begin and end in time.
God asks of us to accept our function. The world cannot be saved without us. Answer this call. God does not expect for us to clean up our act and change ourselves into something that is more fitting for His Will. What He asks of us is not hard nor is it impossible. We are to simply put down our umbrage, our resentment, our grief and sorrow. No longer can the world affront us for we forgive its twisted dream, we forgive the surreal world made from the dreams of those who lost their way. When we forgive we are fulfilling our function to save the world. It is a matter of not holding the world accountable for all of its wrongs, its injustices, its inequality, its bad manners, and bloodthirsty ways. We forgive it, not because we are good and it is bad, not because we are charitable and want to make brownie points with God. We forgive it because we recognize it for what it is – a world that simply cannot exist, a world that simply cannot go on, a world that was based upon a mad idea of specialness, hierarchies, and the spaces in between instead of unity, oneness, and the equality of God.
Take your little while today reviewing our lesson, measuring its words, asking Holy Spirit to help you hear the call of God in your mind. You do not have to leave your house to save the world. You do not have to buy special kinds of clothes to wear. You do not have to change a thing about who and what you are. All that is required of us is to accept our role with humility.
Father, we forgive the world. We thought it was one thing but found that it is not. Our striving in the world of men has only brought us more striving. Our efforts to clean up this world has only uncovered more filth. Our longings for that special someone has only led to heartache and sorrow, bitterness and regret. No matter what we chase to make us happy, to bring us joy and peace and love, the world is only a tease. It only gives us a taste to take it away again. It gives us a sense of hope to only stomp it in the dust. This world is not our home, Father. We choose to forgive it for pretending to be something it is not. We choose to forgive ourselves and others for falling for the world’s lies, the ego’s defenses, the heartlessness of nature, and the untrustworthy words of those who pretend to lead us to You. We forgive it all. Thus we stand with Christ; thus we save the world. Amen.
 A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Lesson 186. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).
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