You say, “God is within?” Of course, God is neither within nor without because God is nothing of the material nature. So God cannot be within anything and God cannot be without anything. These are terms that we use to explain Omnipresence because Omnipresence is the only word that adequately describes the Nature of God in this respect.
Omnipresence; within, without, above, below; permeating. Therefore, since God or Infinity is Omnipresence, the moment I open the door, see my mind is the door, this Infinity floods me. Then, I am under Grace; the Grace of God is the Wisdom that comes through. The Grace of God is the presence that comes through. The Grace of God is the power that comes through. The Grace of God is what gives me my motive and it also give me my reward, recognition, and fruitage.
But, I have a part to play. You find that as you are raising your children, that unless you do teach them to close the eyes and open the mind, that all the good they have in school is their own brain, or lack of it: their only degree of intelligence or lack of it. But, as you do teach them their mind and body are but instruments of God, you must consciously give your mind and body to God. You can’t take it for granted because it isn’t that way. You want to abide in the Word and let the Word abide in you.
You must consciously “Speak Lord, Thy servant hears.” I know Thou art knocking at the door of my consciousness. I, open my consciousness, take over my mind and body. Be my Soul, be my Life. Then you find you can go for hours rightly guided and directed; benefited and blessed.
Then comes another period of renewal, always remembering, “I stand at the door and knock.” God, the Infinite, the Eternal, the Immortal, the Supreme. God fills all space; Omnipresence, and as I open my consciousness to receive God, the Word abides in me and I abide in the Word, and then I am permeated with God’s consciousness. My mind is dedicated, my body is dedicated, my business is dedicated, my home is dedicated; my art, my talents, my everything is dedicated and God is using it for Its purpose for which I am an instrument, for it is truly revealed that God exists in man, and we can only love God supremely in loving man.
For, if you say you love God and you do not love man, you are a liar. And, if you think you are serving God when you are not serving man, you are a liar; for the only man there is, is God manifesting Himself as the Son of God, for God the Father and God the Son are one.
In as much as you have done it unto the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me for I and the least of these My brethren is Me. I in him and him in Me. I in you and you in Me. We are One.
Therefore, because of an occasion like this, when an edifice has been set apart to serve a spiritual purpose, let us know first of all, that that will not function as such except in proportion to the dedication and consecration of those who serve in it. Then, secondly, that the fruitage of it will only be in proportion to the dedication and consecration of those who come to receive its benefit, because there is no such thing as receiving without giving.
Those who come to receive is benefits here, must be willing to give forgiveness. Forgive thy brother before you go to the altar; forgive the others before you pray. Serve in some way your fellow man as I showed to you, but serve them because in as much as you have done it unto the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me, and then you have allowed Me to enter you.
Yes, we won’t stop with dedicating a building. We will dedicate ourselves to the purpose of the building and then we will take the higher step of dedicating ourselves to God and let God dedicate our minds and bodies and the edifices to God’s purpose. Then, we will really know the meaning of dedication and we will discover why some people prosper mightily in the spiritual activities and others not. It is all because they do not understand the nature of dedication; they do not understand the nature of consecration and they look upon it as some human quality of their own. And because they believe they are highly dedicated, they look for great results. No, if the results aren’t there it is because they are more dedicated to self than to God, more dedicated to glory than to God.
In this I hope you see that the mind and the body of a man or woman separate from spiritual grace is really the mind and the body of the walking dead and that they do not truly leave until the Spirit has entered. Then life has a purpose; life has a meaning because life can now express itself through the individual to the least of these My brethren.
It isn’t enough to be good to our family; that is really not enough, because I think even the animal world does that. There has to be a higher dedication than to one’s own family. There must be a dedication to others and sometimes even to the least of these My brethren. But there will be no true dedication unless we understand it to be not my dedication; that is, promoting the ego but letting myself be free for the spiritual dedication, that is, for God’s dedication. Let that come through, that God may bless all who touch and reach My consciousness.
But there will be no true dedication unless we understand it to be not my dedication; that is, promoting the ego but letting myself be free for the spiritual dedication, for God’s dedication. Let that come through, that God may bless all who touch, who reach My Consciousness.
You will notice that this building, even at this moment reflects and expresses the conscious-ness of the individuals who are responsible for its being here. You will notice ten years from now, if you like and you are around, that this edifice will still express or reflect a consciousness of whoever then may be in charge of the activity. It will never be higher; it will never be lower than the consciousness of those who are responsible for it. And this means that those who are responsible for it will likewise consecrate themselves to those who enter the edifice; to serve them.
The amount of good that an individual will get who comes here, depends then not on those who are in charge, but on the giving-ness of those who come to receive, because those who merely come to receive loaves and fishes; who believe they are going to benefit by coming here, I am afraid they will go away empty-handed. Those who come with a gift in their hand, a gift of Love; a gift of Forgiveness; a gift of Service; a gift of Dedication, some way they will walk out of there with the fruits of the Soul of those who are in charge. It always takes two to make a bargain.