Being A Disciple of The Christ
By Joel Goldsmith
The disciples of the Christ were imprisoned, but they walked out of prison with an angel ministering to them. The disciple of the Christ, who does not believe safety, security, health, and harmony are to be found in pieces of matter, mounts the cross and rises out of the tomb. That individual, reborn of the Sprit, lives in the Fourth Dimension of life. He is still in the world but not of it. The disciple of the Christ moves about in the world and works at the same daily tasks as others do, whether it be in business, in a household, or in the arts or professions; but he is not subject to its beliefs, its fears, or its powers. The Master said, “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
“In the world ye shall have tribulation.” This tribulation exists because the world believes in all kinds of powers: the power of heredity, the power of sin, the power of disease, the power of bombs, the power of wars, the power of false appetites, and the power of weather and climate. But when the Master said his disciples were to be left in the world but would not be subject to its powers, he gave the pattern for us to follow.
Our prayer is that we be left in the world that we may be a light unto persons who still fear to die, as if the experience of death were going to be the end of life. No matter how close to God a person may be, each one sooner or later leaves this plane; but unless he fears extinction, there is nothing to fear in that transitional experience. As the light of the world, those who have attained the mystical consciousness are revealing to this world that there is no need to fear the powers of this world.
I can tell you how to gauge your spiritual progress. As long as you believe destroying another life to save your own is justifiable, you are in that state of humanhood that is concerned only with its own self rather than with the one Self. As long as you are willing to destroy another life to save yours, you do not understand the message of Jesus Christ, which says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”