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Responsibility is the Foundation-Block of Spiritual Ascension

Presented by Gabriel of Urantia & Niánn Emerson Chase

to members and guests of Global Community Communications Church at a World-Wide Sunday Service

Teaching by Niánn Emerson Chase

Some Thoughts on Personal Responsibility

This morning, I didn’t want to get up. I wanted to crawl up in a little ball and try to go back to sleep. Sometimes, when those responsibilities come up we just want to pull the blanket over our heads, and that happened to me this morning, briefly, but then my sense of duty and love of my work plummeted me out of bed.

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The word responsibility, what does that mean? What are your responsibilities? I want you to think a moment about what you see your responsibilities are right now. Would anyone like to just share very briefly what they see their responsibility as being? [Niánn addressed this question to the group present at CosmoService, and the following are answers from members of Global Community Communications.]

O’Breean said the first thing that came into her head is the responsibility of being the best ascending daughter that she could be.
VahSeen said the first thing that came to his mind was, “I am my brother’s and sister’s keeper.”
Ionia thought of the responsibility of upholding the Mandate of the Bright and Morning Star.
Lah-May was thinking of the logistics, the nuts and bolts, of sharing epochal revelation through the Internet, through our website as well as just the tremendous job of getting the Alternative Voice out.
Beyana said that the first thing that came into her mind was the word minister, being a minister and allowing the light of Christ to come through her.
Keea is speaking of reliability, knowing that you can be relied upon to do what others have asked you to do.
MasSaSeen feels that God wants him to be the highest servant that he can be to the people around him and to love others as Jesus loved others.
LaTaYea heard two words, response and ability. What is her response, how would God want her to respond to every situation that comes up within her abilities to do so?
Plairen (who is twenty-one) feels the burden of the responsibility of being a good example to those who are younger than him-to teens and children, not only in this community but in the world.
BenDameean believes that he has a responsibility to be open to correction and also then to be able to correct others when God would want him to.
Sauyney has a call to be loyal to the song of the Threefold Spirit within her art.
Asai feels a responsibility to take on more responsibility so that others can move into higher functions.
Clistine feels a sense of responsibility for our children and developing fourth-dimensional ideas how to give that to the children and how to be able to teach them how to express those ideas in appropriate ways.
VesBein says to be fully and completely in the moment, to be focused, and to be able to give whatever you have in that moment to your functions and your responsibilities, and being open to the leading of the spirit.
Menelik feels a sense of being responsible not only as a brother but as a father to the members of the cosmic family.
Arlin feels the responsibility to see the vision of the Mandate of the Bright and Morning Star and then to carry that out in his own life.
Ah’Nuit being one of the soul watchers in the Page Springs home has a responsibility to take the ministry of the Bright and Morning Star and implement it in his home with the family there, and also to be able to take that ministry to others in the world. He thinks his ministry is a local, very personal thing within our homes but also an outreach to our family on the planet.
DeAsUnJa feels a responsibility to protect the goats and also (at first I thought he said to help them grow spiritually [laughter], but then I realized it’s for him,) he feels a responsibility for himself to grow spiritually, and to engage in whatever God asks of him.
Blue Evening Star feels a responsibility to grow as a global change musician. She said that may not be a main one, but it’s one of hers that she’s feeling.
Sistianna feels a responsibility to be a balanced mother for all of the children in the community and to grow in her understanding of what a fourth-dimensional family is.
Mycenay thinks that her main and foremost responsibility as a fourth-order starseed is to heal her relationship with God and to re-connect her circuitry and to be a better vessel for God in service to this world.
Kazarian feels a responsibility to expand in his consciousness about reality not just on this planet, but on other worlds. He thinks that the work we’re doing here in Divine Administration is not just for us here in Global Community Communications or just for the people of this planet, but for the common good of all in the system of Satania, and even beyond that into the universe, and on, and on.
As you can see, the term responsibility has many usages and implications. Other words that are connected to responsibility are: accountability, duty, commission, trustworthiness, dependability, reliability, faithworthiness.

Responsibility in Divine Pattern

From study of The URANTIA Book (the Fifth Epochal Revelation) and The Cosmic Family volumes (the Continuing Fifth Epochal Revelation), we can see that being responsible for others is part of divine pattern. Being accountable for our righteousness and our evil is also in divine pattern. From Paradise outward into the universes of time and space, trustworthiness and faithworthiness are considered high virtues. Each personality (spirit, morontia, or material) within the principles of divine administration feels a sense of cosmic duty, has a commission to fulfill, and is able to answer for his/her conduct and obligation.
The First Source and Center (the Universal Father) has given Himself responsibility to care for all of His creation and to aid all creatures of imperfection to attain divine perfection. The Second and Third Sources and Centers (the Eternal Son and Infinite Spirit) share in these responsibilities, as do those personalities under them, on all levels of divine administration from Paradise to Havona and outward through each of the seven superuniverses and their respective 100,000 universes on down to the constellations, systems, and evolutionary planets of those 700,000 local universes.
From Paradise outward to the billions of worlds in time and space, responsibility within divine pattern is given to “persons” to oversee, maintain, and steward on the material level, and to minister to on the mindal and spirit levels. The URANTIA Book outlines the multitude of areas of responsibility given to a multitude of personalities on many levels throughout the grand universe. The Cosmic Family volumes inform us humans of our responsibilities, which are on personal and group levels, as well as on the levels of material, mind, and spirit.
We each must take responsibility for our own health and well-being physical, psychological, and spiritual. We must take responsibility as parents for our children, for the rest of our family our brothers and sisters who ideally encompass not only our biological relatives but our planetary family, and even our cosmic family. Jesus gave a powerful teaching to His apostles about loving others as a parent rather than as a brother or sister, to feel a sense of responsibility for other human beings as the Universal Father does for all of His creatures, as a Creator Son does for those in His local universe. [For further study, see “5. Fatherly and Brotherly Love” on pp. 1573-1575 in The URANTIA Book.]

Jesus’ Sense of Responsibility

When the Creator Son of Nebadon bestowed on Urantia as Jesus, His life from childhood to death reflected how He walked this world in perfection within divine pattern, carrying out the many responsibilities He had as a human being, including His ministry as the Son of Man and the Son of God.
As a child, Jesus carried out His responsibilities as son, elder brother, family member, friend, neighbor, and student. There are many instances given in the Fifth Epochal Revelation where Jesus responds to situations and persons with the highest dependability and trustworthiness as a child (as well as an adult). Between the ages of twelve through fourteen Jesus:

¦suffered great mental distress as the result of his constant effort to adjust his personal views of religious practices and social amenities to the established beliefs of his parents. He was distraught by the conflict between the urge to be loyal to his own convictions and the conscientious admonition of dutiful submission to his parents; his supreme conflict was between two great commands which were uppermost in his youthful mind. The one was: “Be loyal to the dictates of your highest convictions of truth and righteousness.” The other was: “Honor your father mother, for they have given you life and the nurture thereof.” (The URANTIA Book, pp. 1372:06-1373:00)

In spite of this conflict Jesus:

¦never shirked the responsibility of making the necessary daily adjustments between the realms of loyalty to one’s personal convictions and duty toward one’s family, and he achieved the satisfaction of effecting an increasingly harmonious blending of personal convictions and family obligations into a masterful concept of group solidarity based upon loyalty, fairness, tolerance, and love. (Ibid., p. 1373:00)

At fourteen, Jesus assumed the responsibility for the support and direction of his large family (eight other children and mother) when His father, Joseph, tragically died in a work-related accident. We are told:

¦Jesus had a larger and longer experience rearing this family than was accorded to Joseph, his father; and he did measure up to the standard which he subsequently set for himself: to become a wise, patient, understanding, and effective teacher and eldest brother to this family his family so suddenly sorrow-stricken and so unexpectedly bereaved. (Ibid., pp. 1373:06 - 1374:00)

By the age of twenty, Jesus was not just a young man but rapidly becoming an adult, by divine-administration standards.

¦[Jesus] has learned well to bear responsibility. He knows how to carry on in the face of disappointment. He bears up bravely when his plans are thwarted and his purposes temporarily defeated. He has learned how to be fair and just even in the face of injustice. He is learning how to adjust his ideals of spiritual living to the practical demands of earthly existence. He is learning how to plan for the achievement of a higher and distant goal of idealism while he toils earnestly for the attainment of a nearer and immediate goal of necessity. He is steadily acquiring the art of adjusting his aspirations to the commonplace demands of the human occasion. He has very nearly mastered the technique of utilizing the energy of the spiritual drive to turn the mechanism of material achievement. He is slowly learning how to live the heavenly life while he continues on with the earthly existence. More and more he depends upon the ultimate guidance of his heavenly Father while he assumes the fatherly role of guiding and directing the children of his earth family. He is becoming experienced in the skillful wresting of victory from the very jaws of defeat; he is learning how to transform the difficulties of time into the triumphs of eternity.
And so, as the years pass, this young man of Nazareth continues to experience life as it is lived in mortal flesh on the worlds of time and space. He lives a full, representative, and replete life on Urantia. He left this world ripe in the experience which his creatures pass through during the short and strenuous years of their first life, the life in the flesh. And all this human experience is an eternal possession of the Universe Sovereign. He is our understanding brother, sympathetic friend, experienced sovereign, and merciful father. (Ibid., p. 1405:04-05)

As Jesus unfolded more into the divine mind of a Michael Son, He began to add to His human responsibilities the responsibilities of a sovereign of a universe. But that is another story for another time.

The Plight of Pilate

Let’s look at accountability. What exactly does that mean? Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary refers to moral, legal, and mental accountability. Let’s look at one of the characters who plays a part in the suffering and death of Jesus Pilate, the Roman procurator who governed the province.
Pilate faced a potentially volatile situation. Standing before him was Joshua Ben Joseph, Jesus, the religious leader of an emerging new fringe cult who had been arrested by some of the most powerful leaders of the dominant culture Pilate was overseeing a culture with a strange religion that encompassed beliefs and traditions that were alien to Pilate, who saw these people as primitive and backward. But Pilate was responsible for keeping them in line; that was his job as Roman ruler of this province. So, when the leaders of the conquered race seemed to be passing on their problem to Pilate, he was vexed. This man Jesus seemed to be a peaceful and harmless fellow. He hadn’t broken any Roman laws; so, what was all this racket about? This Jesus problem wasn’t really Pilate’s responsibility; this was the responsibility of the religious leaders who were claiming that Jesus was a heretic.
Several times Pilate tried to put the responsibility back on the Pharisees and Sadducees who were demanding that he be the one to punish Jesus. And then there was that obnoxious, animalistic crowd! What was Pilate going to do with them? He certainly was legally responsible for keeping the rabble-rousing crowd under control, and he wasn’t having any luck in trying to reason with these barbarians. Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent of any wrongdoing, but when Pilate’s own political position of power was threatened by the Pharisees who told him they would take a complaint to his supervisor, he buckled under.
As an individual ascending son, Pilate was morally responsible to liberate Jesus from His accusers. But Pilate washed his hands of the higher moral responsibility and claimed legal responsibility to keep crowd control. As The URANTIA Book indicates, Pontius Pilate was a “fairly good administrator,” but he was a “moral coward.” Though Pilate was not accountable before his human supervisors or the people he ruled, he was accountable before God, and in Paper 185 we’re told that Pilate “never fully recovered from the regretful condemnation of having consented to the crucifixion of Jesus.” He eventually committed suicide. [For further study, see Paper 185 “The Trial Before Pilate” in The URANTIA Book.]

Moral Responsibility

The URANTIA Book tells us of other administrators who were brilliant, or at least adequate, in carrying out their responsibilities within their job functions on the material and political level, but who failed in their moral and spiritual responsibilities. Within the system of Satania there were the system sovereign Lucifer and his assistant Satan. As a result of their betrayal to their higher responsibilities in Divine Administration, thirty-seven planets within the system fell out of divine pattern and into chaos. [For further study, see: Paper 53 “The Lucifer Rebellion” and Paper 54 “Problems of the Lucifer Rebellion” in The URANTIA Book.] On our planet Urantia, the accomplished and capable leaders Caligastia, Daligastia, and sixty supermortals failed in their higher responsibilities. They were given responsibility for not only the material and cultural welfare of the human beings on this world, but for their spiritual welfare as well. [For further study, see: Paper 66 “The Planetary Prince of Urantia” and Paper 67 “The Planetary Rebellion” in The URANTIA Book.]

A Melchizedek of Nebadon tells us:

In all the administrative work of a local universe no high trust is deemed more sacred than that reposed in a Planetary Prince who assumes responsibility for the welfare and guidance of the evolving mortals on a newly inhabited world. And of all forms of evil, none are more destructive of personality status than betrayal of trust and disloyalty to one’s confiding friends. In committing this deliberate sin, Caligastia so completely distorted his personality that his mind has never since been able fully to regain its equilibrium. (Ibid., p. 754:04)

Today, 200,000 years later, those thirty-seven worlds, including ours, are still suffering the consequences of the Lucifer Rebellion and the manifesto that perpetuates unbridled, false liberty and self assertion-freedom from responsibilities that you don’t want.

Those individuals entrusted with the responsibilities of leadership on a system and planetary level who participated in the Lucifer Rebellion failed in their God-given duties. They proved to be untrustworthy and betrayed their Creator and all of those they were responsible for. Pilate failed in his higher responsibilities before his Creator, and so did those religious leaders who manipulated people and circumstances to bring about the death of Jesus.

What About Mel Gibson?

Since the film The Passion of the Christ is currently a dominant force in American culture, I thought it appropriate to bring up Mel Gibson, the writer, producer, and director of the film. When asked who he thought was responsible for Jesus’ death, Mr. Gibson replied, “We all are, including me.” As an ascending son of God, Mel Gibson takes responsibility for his own errors and sins when he recognizes them. At his level of ascension, he is able to accept accountability for his wrongdoing and try to correct what is incorrect. As an ascending son of God, he is becoming more trustworthy and faithworthy. He is becoming more morally responsible, and thus he is making changes in his life-in his personal life, his social life, and his artistic life.
Hopefully, as he grows in his love for God, Mr. Gibson will also grow in his understanding of the Universal Father and the higher meaning of the life, passion, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. In fact, it is hoped that Mr. Gibson will expand so much that he will outgrow his brand of fundamentalism and begin to understand the cosmic Christ, Michael of Nebadon. Presently I think that Mr. Gibson is ascending and contributing in his own way to the spiritual edification of others through his church, films, and honest outspokenness. It’s obvious that he does feel a responsibility to share his spiritual experiences and understanding with the masses, and he is using the resources that he has to do so.
That is what God asks of all of us. As we ascend, we take on more responsibility.

Responsibility Covers a Lot of Territory

First and foremost, we must take responsibility for our own choices. We must be willing to honestly admit our mistakes and do what we can to make right what is wrong. We must recognize and own the consequences of our own words and actions. And we have the responsibility to forgive ourselves and accept Christ Michael’s forgiveness. On page 2,018 of The URANTIA Book we are told:

¦Jesus is truly a savior in the sense that his life and death do win [persons] over to goodness and righteous survival. Jesus loves [people] so much that his love awakens the response of love in the human heart. Love is truly contagious and eternally creative. Jesus’ death on the cross exemplifies a love which is sufficiently strong and divine to forgive sin and swallow up all evil-doing. Jesus disclosed to this world a higher quality of righteousness than justice mere technical right and wrong. Divine love does not merely forgive wrongs; it absorbs and actually destroys them. The forgiveness of love utterly transcends the forgiveness of mercy. Mercy sets the guilt of evil-doing to one side; but love destroys forever the sin and all weakness resulting therefrom. Jesus brought a new method of living to Urantia. He taught us not to resist evil but to find through him a goodness which effectually destroys evil. The forgiveness of Jesus is not condonation; it is salvation from condemnation. Salvation does not slight wrongs; it makes them right. True love does not compromise nor condone hate; it destroys it.

Listen to this: “The love of Jesus is never satisfied with mere forgiveness. The Master’s love implies rehabilitation ¦. ¦The beauty of divine love, once fully admitted to the human heart, forever destroys the charm of sin and the power of evil.” (Ibid., p. 2018:01-02)

It is our responsibility, as Jesusonians, to fully admit Jesus’ love into our hearts. It is our responsibility to be open to constant review. “Lord, show me my hidden sins.” It is our responsibility to “admit our sins one to another.” It is our responsibility to name our wrongdoings and ask forgiveness from those we have hurt. It is our responsibility to stop putting the blame on others, to “take the log out of our own eye before we take the speck out of another’s.”
It is our responsibility to confront not only the wrongdoing in ourselves but in others. It is our responsibility to confront from a place of love and mercy, not from bitterness and from judgment. It is our responsibility to confront lower perceptions by offering higher ones in a compassionate and nonjudgmental manner. There are many ways to confront evil, the most powerful being to choose to do the higher thing, to return good for evil.

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Once when speaking to the apostle Nathaniel about a spiritual teacher’s responsibility, Jesus said: ” ¦it is our mission to help [individuals] solve their spiritual problems and in this way to quicken their minds so that they may be the better prepared and inspired to go about solving their manifold material problems.” (The URANTIA Book, p. 1662:01) Jesus went on to counsel Nathaniel with these words, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction, for whom the Lord loves he corrects, even as the father corrects the son [and daughter] in whom he takes delight.” (Ibid., p. 1662:02)

What is Our Commission in Divine Administration?

It is our responsibility to embrace the program of rehabilitation and reconciliation that is set up here in Aquarian Concepts Community and outgrow our unhealthy coping mechanisms and harmful thought patterns. It is our responsibility to take responsibility for our own health and healing. It is our responsibility to take on the burdens of leadership at whatever level we are given. It is also our responsibility to be students of higher learning.

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The higher we ascend the more responsibilities we are given, responsibilities for others’ well-being on physical, mental, and spiritual levels. The higher we ascend the less close supervision we will need, for we will be motivated to fulfill our many duties. We will prove dependable and reliable; in other words, we will carry out our functions in an efficient, cheerful, and thorough way. The higher we ascend the more we can get accomplished in a day without feeling stressed and harried. Remember, Jesus never seemed to be in a hurry, and yet He was the most efficient individual on the planet, within divine pattern.

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In closing, I would like to quote the thought-provoking writer and lecturer, Joan Didion: “The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.”

Teaching by Gabriel of Urantia

There are seventy-seven listings with the concept of responsibility in The URANTIA Book. Starting with the shared responsibility of the Eternal Son with the Universal Father all the way down to us mortal creatures, responsibility in all of its awesomeness is a universal fact of eternity. We cannot escape responsibility and all that it means. It is stated on page 316:01 of The URANTIA Book:

On Urantia, you grotesquely essay to read character and to estimate specific abilities, but on Uversa [superuniverse capitol] we actually do these things in perfection. These seconaphim weigh trustworthiness in the living scales of unerring character appraisal, and when they have looked at you, we have only to look at them to know the limitations of your ability to discharge responsibility, execute trust, and fulfill missions. Your assets of trustworthiness are clearly set forth alongside your liabilities of possible default or betrayal.

I wonder what the difference is between default and betrayal. You have to think about that one. The fact is that responsibility is asked of us by God in a million different ways. We are responsible to create, responsible to create. We are responsible to be humble leaders and ministers, to help wherever God needs us to build His spiritual and physical kingdom. We are responsible to help build that spiritual and physical kingdom.
On page 36 of The URANTIA Book it says:

Human limitations, potential evil, are not a part of the divine nature, but mortal experience with evil and all man’s relations thereto are most certainly a part of God’s ever-expanding self-realization in the children of time-creatures of moral responsibility who have been created or evolved by every Creator Son going out from Paradise.

Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, a French writer and aviator wrote:

To be a man is to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the sight of what seems to be unmerited misery. It is to take pride in a victory won by one’s comrades. It is to feel when setting one stone that one is contributing to the building of the whole world. (Wind, Sand, and Stars, Chapter 2, section 2.)

Some of you wish to remain children or forever young and never accept responsibility. Some of you wish to remain in the “Pepsi generation” and never become a mature adult, because somehow you think that by becoming a mature adult you’re not young anymore. That’s a big mistake a big, big mistake because you never will become an elder.
If you look at Centria you will see a beautiful woman, but she’s also called “Elder Centria.” Why is that? She’s not perfect, but she certainly is a beautiful woman in her forties who looks much younger, and she also is someone that we can call “Elder Centria.” How is it that she was able to put together those two seeming opposites? That is what you need to grow into.
It states in First Corinthians 13, Verse 11 in the New Testament, “When I was a child I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man [or a woman] I put away the childish things.” Have you put away the childish things yet? Responsibility demands of us maturity divine maturity. Divine maturity. Maturity demands of us sacrifice. That sacrifice may be our pride, our time, our finances, our hopes and dreams in order to help others fulfill their hopes and dreams. Many wives have put away their desires for careers to help their husbands fulfill their destinies. God sometimes asks us to do that. Here in Divine Administration it’s hoped that both husband and wife can fulfill their destinies in the highest way on this planet, because we’re living in a society where we can do that. But out there in the third dimension [the dominant culture], many a woman has had to put aside her desires to let her husband fulfill his.
On page 316:02 of The URANTIA Book we learn

It is the plan of your superiors to advance you by augmented trusts just as fast as your character is sufficiently developed to gracefully bear these added responsibilities, but to overload the individual only courts disaster and insures disappointment. And the mistake of placing responsibility prematurely upon either man or angel may be avoided by utilizing the ministry of these infallible estimators of the trust capacity of the individuals of time and space. These seconaphim ever accompany Those High in Authority, and never do these executives make assignments until their candidates have been weighed in the secoraphic balances and pronounced “not wanting.”

So often you are not ready for higher responsibilities or to be mandated or to be upstepped in your mandate. You’re not ready yet. You may think you are, but you’re not. And we hope that when you are mandated you’ll find out that “Oooohh, maybe I shouldn’t even have a mandate.” That’s a good thought because it is humbling. That’s a thought of humility when you realize that you’re not really holding up all of the attributes that you should be holding up at your level of mandate. You do sense that at times. So, what you have to do is realize that you are failing, then forgive yourself, and then humble yourselves and ask forgiveness from those you didn’t stand up to in the highest manner.
Now I know you think I’m talking to you. I am. This fits everyone who is mandated. Everyone of you ministers who have a right to be called ministers under the Mandate of the Bright and Morning Star share a very high responsibility of humbling yourselves and saying “I blew it!” Because you will blow it, more so at a Vicegerent Second Assistant level. You will blow it more as a Second Assistant than a Vicegerent First Assistant. You will blow it more as a First Assistant than a Vicegerent Elder. Humble yourself and say “I’m sorry” to those you have not represented yourself as a minister of God to at that level. That is the only way you will get the respect and admiration of those you supervise.
I know you think I’m talking to you. I am. I’m talking to every one of you. It’s a shared reality that all of you share in these mistakes, including me. Do you think that I have not learned and made these same mistakes, over the last fifteen years of being in Divine Administration, of having a finaliter come in and wake me up at four o’clock in the morning and tell me, “TaliasVan, you blew it!”? Do you think I don’t have an elder? I do. In fact, I have several the Bright and Morning Star, Paladin, Ashtar, Kumatron, and Destin. Believe me, they get to me.
To have a mandate in Divine Administration makes you more responsible before God and before your peers to do the right thing. Once you begin to say to someone, like one of the people you are supervising, “Hey, I’m an elder!”, you’ve already blown it. You’ve already blown it. You shouldn’t have to say anything about that. You are an elder because of the way you behave and the virtues of God and no less. That’s it. Not because you have the degree on the wall or even the recognition by us that you are an elder. Only by your continued humility do you remain mandated, or you should resign your mandate. Down-step yourself if you cannot come back and humble yourself to say “I was wrong.”
Age alone in one lifetime or many lifetimes of the soul (soul age) does not necessarily bring responsibility. It should but often your false pride interferes with the execution of you being a divine leader and following divine principles. So age alone does not make you an elder. I don’t care if you’re in your seventies or eighties in this lifetime and you’re ministering to starseed in your thirties and forties. Of course, that does not make you an elder because those starseed are hundreds of centuries older than you. They see right through you. The only way they will respect you is if you can walk in humility. They might not be walking in humility, but they expect you to. That’s what gives you the Deo power over them.
Higher responsibility demands long-suffering. I used to wonder what’s the difference between that words long-suffering and patience. There is no difference. It’s just another way of explaining patience. Patience is long-suffering. It means you can’t give an eye-for-an-eye and a tooth-for-a-tooth. You have to turn away that smart remark with a remark of kindness. “Thank you, brother, for calling me a fool.” “Thank you, brother, for giving me that mean look.” You have to look back and say “Thank you.”
Long-suffering it’s a challenge, it’s a challenge. But some of the most remarkable men and women I’ve ever met, they had that ability. They were my educators in my young life on this planet, because even though they saw my stink, they responded with, “Thank you very much.” They knew, that I knew, that they knew, that I knew, that they knew, that I knew, that I was a stink-face, and they weren’t. You can’t return stink for stink. You have to be a minister of God.
Pray for patience and you will receive conflict. Conflict with those others I just talked about. Pray for patience and you will receive all those stink-faces, all those smart remarks, all those “I don’t want to do its” from those you supervise. Pray for patience, and that’s what you will get all those answers to your prayer.
“Patience is that blending of moral courage with physical timidity,” Thomas Hardy, an English novelist said. Let me say that again. “Patience is that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.” Your force will not change anybody. Your strong voice will not change anybody. Your intolerance will not change anybody. Your humility will-only your humility.
Why do you think Jesus let them do to Him what they did? He could have raised His voice. He allowed those stink-faces to do what they did to Him, and then He said, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” Boy, what a hard lesson for the apostles to learn (and they are still learning it).
Everybody wants to take a short-cut to Paradise the fast line to spiritual ascension. “Give me a box, maybe I’ll find a coupon inside. It gets me to Paradise quicker. Two for one.” No, that’s not the way ascension works. God provides the rocky roads. And then He wants you to walk on those rocks with no shoes on. God provides the thorns. God provides the mountains to climb. He doesn’t give you any ski lifts. He wants you to climb them step by arduous step just like I had to walk up a whole lot of steps yesterday in Jerome to get an ice cream. If I didn’t walk up the steps, I couldn’t get the ice cream. So step by step I walked up those steps. When I got to the top I deserved that ice cream; I knew the principle. It took me five minutes to make up my mind if I was going to walk up those steps or not. I wanted the treasure at the top. I wanted the taste of the treasure.
Do you want the taste of ascension? Do you want to experience the flavor of true patience? You too must go through the walk of suffering and patience, true humility, and you will earn the respect of others. Turn the other cheek, ministers of God. That’s what you are expected to do. You are the mandated ministers. And you who want to be mandated, you’re going to have to apply these principles to your future.
Life on a fallen world is both ecstasy (not the drug) and agony. Ecstasy and agony this is the life on a fallen world. This is the life here. Sometimes, some of you, the only thing you want is the ecstasy. You forget the song that even says,

[Gabriel sings]:

I beg your pardon,
I never promised you a rose garden.

God doesn’t promise you a rose garden.
It says in The URANTIA Book on page 1000:04:

Religious ecstasy is permissible when resulting from sane antecedents, but such experiences are more often the outgrowth of purely emotional influences than a manifestation of deep spiritual character. Religious persons must not regard every vivid psychologic presentiment and every intense emotional experience as a divine revelation or a spiritual communication. Genuine spiritual ecstasy is usually associated with great outward calmness and almost perfect emotional control. [emphasis mine]

Did you get that one? Perfect emotional control. So when you start shaking, when you start getting mad, when you start whatever you do, you lost it! Whatever that coping mechanism is that makes you unbalanced, you’ve lost it. Here it says, true “Genuine spiritual ecstasy is usually associated with great outward calmness and almost perfect emotional control.” Let that reign in your minds forever. When some of you have read it before, you missed it. I’m not letting you miss it. I’m here to make you get it. That’s what I do.

But true prophetic vision is a superpsychologic presentiment. Such visitations are not pseudo hallucinations, neither are they trancelike ecstasies. (Ibid., p. 1000:04)

You need to be in control of your lower emotions.
Accepting more responsibility from God makes us all servants to humankind servants to humankind. That’s what Jesus told His apostles, “You want to be great? You want to sit on the right and left hand of God, James and John? Be a servant to all humankind.” Boy, are we still learning that.
Turning the other cheek. Who does God have in your life to help you to do just that? Do you think people in your lives here are accidents? Do you think who you’re living with, who you’re working with; do you think all of that is not part of the divine plan of destiny reservists? Do you think that each and every one of you here are here by accident? Do you think that the people you live with on a daily basis, work with on a daily basis, are not the gifts of God for you to perfect your ascension, and, vice-versa, you to them? All of you will feel the impact of each other.
Again, no one is perfect, but for you who are mandated, you have a higher responsibility to repent and repent faster. Faster! Or else, resign your mandate. But we don’t want you to resign your mandate; we need you mandated, and we need you to be humble.
Who are those significant others? Do you see them? I like that word significant. Who are those significant others who help you to practice the long-suffering? And when you suffer, suffer in silence before God. You don’t have to let anyone know that it’s painful to return a bad remark with a nice remark, a bad gesture with a nice gesture. But then again, that’s what God expects you to do, to return tolerance for intolerance. That’s what God expects you to do. What do you think turning the other cheek is, just a slap for a slap? Don’t slap when someone slaps you. No, it means every day working relationships with other ascending sons and daughters-not just on this planet; oh man, you’ve got a long way to go. So you might as well start practicing it now.
Those who get you angry and impatient are the gifts of God to you to ascend your soul now and forever more. Do you want these people out of your life? “Oh I wish that person would just leave the community,” or “I’m going to leave the community.” What a horrible thing to say either way you want to leave God’s kingdom? because when you say either one of those things, you might as well just say, “I want to leave God’s kingdom,” because there isn’t anywhere you can go where you are going to escape responsibility of God. Nowhere can you go, so you might as well get it together right here where you have understanding friends to help you ascend your soul. Understanding elders. We’re all going through this thing together. We’re all in it together.
From my song, “Listen to the Calling,” I’d like to sing you just a few lines:

You will have light if your motives are pure and right.
If you do that which is right such is sheer delight.
You will have light in the night shining so bright.
It’s not by power or might but by the spirit’s light light light light.

By the spirit’s light not by your force, not by your power, not by your anger, but by the spirit’s [sings]:

light light light light light light.

And from the song “Edge City,”

You’re so blind to that scar, deep within your soul.
You justify actions and your self-righteous goal.

And your myth goes on and on blind to the core.
Pointing your finger to the ones you love that don’t even keep the score.

Accept the fact that you are loved the angel’s only tool.
Is your thoughts of security resting in the Surgeon’s school.

Walk gently through the cosmic breeze
Do not bend a reed. Rest in Him, oh Spirit’s child.
Who always knows your need? Move on

Move on ladies and gentlemen. Have a wonderful week, see you next time.

March 28, 2004

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