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Gospel of John 1:12-13 “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”
This verse contrasts the “will of the flesh” (the “will of man”) with a spiritual birth (i.e., being “born…of God.”). Often among Christians, the mandate to be “born again” signifies rebirth at a single moment in time, when you hand yourself over to God.
In contrast to that scheme, consider that rebirth here may mean a life lived according to the Soul, instead of alien value systems.
In coming alive, the Soul’s purposes may conflict with dehumanizing values. You may pour sincerity and heartfelt longing, for instance, into a relationship, a job, or a dream. Yet you may meet with resistance, ridicule, or rejection.
If you live for approval and success, you might naturally feel that that you’ve done something “wrong,” since you have met with obstacles and failure.
On the soul level, however, perhaps you’re doing something “right”. Your own soul calls you to take a risk, to make yourself vulnerable, to do things in a new way.
You are like a person who loves to sing. In singing, you do it off-key at first. Nobody wants to listen. They hold their ears. Naturally, you feel miserable, that you should sing, without any talent (apparently).
Although disappointment would be natural, in such a case, it could well be that your soul needs space to come alive, to discover its own originality, and to do things in its own way. By honoring your mistakes and by plunging into your endeavors, you will learn rapidly (no doubt) to sing better, if that’s what you wish to do.
You have shown your own soul that you are willing to put the Soul first (the Spirit), rather than the “will of the flesh” or the “will of man”.
Sterile efforts, in contrast, exhibit “the will of the flesh” or “the will of man” (1:13). Here, you may suffer neither rejection nor difficulties. You may calculate, successfully, so that you are admired for having it “all together.”
But if you’ve lost your passion for being alive, then the soul is dead. You will have ceded control to the “will of the flesh” and the “will of man” . Your life is controlled by conventional opinion and alien value systems.
Question: Where does your soul wish to carry you?
John’s prologue (1:1-8) depicts the descent of God (the Creative Word) onto earth as Jesus Christ. Christ lives as a stranger. As your soul awakens, you may feel like a stranger. Take heart: a homecoming awaits you, as these verses (vv.12-13) confirm.
The children of God are born of the Spirit. The soul keeps on living and bringing you alive.
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