Yeshua’s students asked him:
When will the dead be at rest?
When will the new world come?

Yeshua replied:
All that you await has come already,
but you do not perceive it.

(Luke 17:20,21; John 1:26; Mark 8:17, 18)

It is so tempting to turn the Gospel into one more self-help improvement project. There always seems to be somewhere I need to get to, some state to achieve, some place to go that is not here. I am plagued with the need to become something I feel I am not, to acquire something I lack.

Yeshua wants to set me free from the illusion of the spiritual journey as an acquisition project. He wants me to understand that “All that you await has come already.” There is nowhere to get to, nothing to add, no idealized state in the distance to which I need to aspire.

Instead, Yeshua wants me to understand that it is all a matter of perception. It is not my being that is flawed; it is my seeing that is imperfect. I view my life in terms of lack and so I strive constantly to get that which I feel is missing.

But what if there is nothing missing? What if in fact it is all here already? What if there is nowhere to get to and it is only a matter of opening to the Presence and Reality that have always permeated my life?

Jesus said,

The kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21)

Everything I need is here. All that seems to be missing has already been given. There is no deficiency, nothing to acquire. The Gospel is a matter of seeing more clearly.

After the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus placed before his disciples a series of penetrating and searching questions asking,

Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? (Mark 8:17, 18)

These are the questions I need to keep close to my heart on this journey: Why do I assume there is not adequate provision? What keeps me from perceiving the deep abundance of life? Is my heart hardened? Why do I fail to see and hear? What causes me to be forgetful?

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Today I will seek to remember who I truly am and not lose touch with the abundance of life that resides in my deepest being.

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