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21 STEPS TO A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

Step 21: Loving God 

We are growing in our knowledge, love, and worship of the heavenly Father, the source of that infinite love which created and sustains us.

Loving the Creator is the beginning of life itself. In loving God we come to know him, and ourselves as his sons and daughters. Worshipping our Maker lifts us from earth’s tribulations to the shores of Paradise–in spirit, now; in reality, later. In worshipping God we join our hungry hearts to the infinite Source of all things, and in that communion both find fulfillment.

Our Father is gracious and majestic, infinitely wise, powerful, and all-knowing. He sees behind the curtain and knows the end from the beginning. What we see of life is the merest prelude, a glimpsed preview of our eternal careers, which, as experiences accumulate, fill in from seeming randomness to a crystal’s matrix precision. God’s eternal plan includes a specific place for each of us, and we find our highest usefulness and joy in fulfilling the purposes for us set out before the world began. In the fullness of time, the joint witness of all who survive these initial lives on the whirling spheres of space will express the Supreme whole of God’s evolutionary plan.

We love God not only because of his nature, but because he cared enough to create and sustain us. He answers our prayers, looks after us in hardship, and provides us worlds on which to live after our time on earth is over. God reassures our doubting human hearts as the currents of his love nourish our spirits. He shelters us from the terrors of the night and encourages us when our shoulders droop. He knows our ways and names and is the perfect Father. His divine plan provides for our every present need as well as every possibility for the future, for in him we live, move, and have our being.

The Lord of lights is a moving force, a divine flame who sweeps before him all who stand stiff-legged, but who gathers up the meek and the humble. We sleep cradled in his love, and imbued with power from on high go forth to do his gracious bidding. His image inspires our minds as we taste the purpose of all our striving. Reborn, by day we see the face of God in every flower, and at night we rest in the knowledge of his affection. When all else earthly fails, we follow his path across the trackless desert dunes. His house is near, and we have the key. The Eternal’s name is written on our hearts, lifted by a thought, and powerful to save.

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The enlightened worlds all recognize and worship the Universal Father, the eternal maker and infinite upholder of all creation. The will creatures of universe upon universe have embarked upon the long, long Paradise journey, the fascinating struggle of the eternal adventure of attaining God the Father. The transcendent goal of the children of time is to find the eternal God, to comprehend the divine nature, to recognize the Universal Father. God-knowing creatures have only one supreme ambition, just one consuming desire, and that is to become, as they are in their spheres, like him as he is in his Paradise perfection of personality and in his universal sphere of righteous supremacy. From the Universal Father who inhabits eternity there has gone forth the supreme mandate, "Be you perfect, even as I am perfect." In love and mercy the messengers of Paradise have carried this divine exhortation down through the ages and out through the universes, even to such lowly animal-origin creatures as the human races of Urantia. 1:0.3

The Universal Father never imposes any form of arbitrary recognition, formal worship, or slavish service upon the intelligent will creatures of the universes. The evolutionary inhabitants of the worlds of time and space must of themselves--in their own hearts--recognize, love, and voluntarily worship him. The Creator refuses to coerce or compel the submission of the spiritual free wills of his material creatures. The affectionate dedication of the human will to the doing of the Father's will is man's choicest gift to God; in fact, such a consecration of creature will constitutes man's only possible gift of true value to the Paradise Father. In God, man lives, moves, and has his being; there is nothing which man can give to God except this choosing to abide by the Father's will, and such decisions, effected by the intelligent will creatures of the universes, constitute the reality of that true worship which is so satisfying to the love-dominated nature of the Creator Father. 1:1.2

Notwithstanding that God is an eternal power, a majestic presence, a transcendent ideal, and a glorious spirit, though he is all these and infinitely more, nonetheless, he is truly and everlastingly a perfect Creator personality, a person who can "know and be known," who can "love and be loved," and one who can befriend us; while you can be known, as other humans have been known, as the friend of God. 1:5.8

After all, the greatest evidence of the goodness of God and the supreme reason for loving him is the indwelling gift of the Father--the Adjuster who so patiently awaits the hour when you both shall be eternally made one. Though you cannot find God by searching, if you will submit to the leading of the indwelling spirit, you will be unerringly guided, step by step, life by life, through universe upon universe, and age by age, until you finally stand in the presence of the Paradise personality of the Universal Father. 2:5.5

Our Father is not in hiding; he is not in arbitrary seclusion. He has mobilized the resources of divine wisdom in a never-ending effort to reveal himself to the children of his universal domains. There is an infinite grandeur and an inexpressible generosity connected with the majesty of his love which causes him to yearn for the association of every created being who can comprehend, love, or approach him; and it is, therefore, the limitations inherent in you, inseparable from your finite personality and material existence, that determine the time and place and circumstances in which you may achieve the goal of the journey of mortal ascension and stand in the presence of the Father at the center of all things. 5:1.2

The Father desires all his creatures to be in personal communion with him. He has on Paradise a place to receive all those whose survival status and spiritual nature make possible such attainment. Therefore settle in your philosophy now and forever: To each of you and to all of us, God is approachable, the Father is attainable, the way is open; the forces of divine love and the ways and means of divine administration are all interlocked in an effort to facilitate the advancement of every worthy intelligence of every universe to the Paradise presence of the Universal Father. 5:1.8

There is absolutely no self-request or other element of personal interest in true worship; we simply worship God for what we comprehend him to be. Worship asks nothing and expects nothing for the worshiper. We do not worship the Father because of anything we may derive from such veneration; we render such devotion and engage in such worship as a natural and spontaneous reaction to the recognition of the Father's matchless personality and because of his lovable nature and adorable attributes. 5:3.3

And all these things are a part of the Universal Father. The Father is living love, and this life of the Father is in his Sons. And the spirit of the Father is in his Sons' sons--mortal men. When all is said and done, the Father idea is still the highest human concept of God. 196:3.32 

 



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