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Choosing Our Life in God

Do not underestimate the power of the devotion of God’s Son, nor the power the god he worships has over him. For he places himself at the altar of his god [the god he believes in], whether it be the god he made or the God Who created him. That is why his slavery is as complete as his freedom, for he will obey only the god he accepts. The god of crucifixion [ego] demands that he crucify [judge himself and others], and his worshippers obey. In his name they crucify themselves, believing that the power of the Son of God is born of sacrifice and pain. The God of resurrection demands nothing, for He does not will to take away [his unity with his Creator]. He does not require obedience, for obedience implies submission. He would only have you learn your will [which is God’s Wiil] and follow it, not in the spirit of sacrifice and submission, but in the gladness of freedom.

Resurrection must compel your allegiance gladly, because it is the symbol of joy. Its whole compelling power lies in the fact that [resurrection] represents what you want to be. The freedom to leave behind everything that hurts you and humbles you and frightens you cannot be thrust upon you, but it can be offered you through the grace of God. And you can accept it by His grace, for God is gracious to His Son, accepting him without question as His Own. Who, then, is your own? The Father has given you all that is His, and He Himself is yours with them. Guard them in their resurrection, for otherwise you will not awake in God, safely surrounded by what is yours forever. (A Course in Miracles, T-11.VI.5-6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego is the idea of sacrificing our oneness with our Creator in order to establish its own domain that denies God’s Love. When we accept the ego thought system, we experience the ego’s images and projections as real. This makes our true Will to remain one with our Creator, to be Love, unknown to us. Because of our belief in the ego, we follow the ego’s dictates. The ego’s ultimate “proof” is the appearance of death. When we believe in the ego, death, disease, depression, fear and guilt seem real. That is the effect of the power of our devotion to the ego.

Our devotion to the ego has not changed the Son God created. God gave His gift of all of Himself and all His attributes to His Son eternally. God belongs to us just as we belong to Him. His Love is ours as we Love our Creator. No matter what devotion we give to a false God, our Creator has not changed His mind about us. All that He gave is still ours and will be forever.

As we realize that our only happiness comes from accepting God’s gifts, we recognize that our true Will is the same as God’s Will. All we really want is the gifts God gave us and that are still ours. When we make this choice, we are resurrected from the ego’s dedication to death to the Life we live in God. We make this choice each time we choose to accept the vision offered us through His Voice in place of the illusions of death the ego offers.

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