“My trust in you is greater than yours in me at the moment, but it will not always be that way. Your mission is very simple. You are asked to live so as to demonstrate that you are not an ego, and I do not choose God’s channels wrongly. (T68)”
Affirmation: “Jesus does not choose God’s channels wrongly.”
1 – The Ego
Jesus seeks to bring us to him in these well-chosen words. He assures us that he is certain that we will live without the ego, that we will first live as though we are without an ego.
2 – Mission Substantial
We have a substantial mission in this world. We are one of “God’s channels.” We are meant not to find our way Home ourselves, but also to facilitate the coming Home of our brothers and sisters. Jesus’s faith in us in intense, because he knows that the only way that this world can work is if we do our part to reform the hearts and minds of our brothers and sisters–not to speak of our own. When we do this, all will be well.
3 – Proselytize?
This injunction from Jesus does not mean that we aggressively proselytize. In A Course in Miracles, he states that some are ready only for a smile. And so we turn off others if we try to interest them in “our” way–A Course in Miracles–prematurely. We do not want to turn others off. We seek to avoid the controversy of theology, as this is only dividing and a barrier between others and us. We are best to seek help from guidance as often as we possibly can, because we are apt to become zealous in our approach if left on our own. Jesus does not want us to strain to represent him in this world. The easy and natural approach will always work best (an interpretation, not stated directly in ACIM).
4 – No Call to Specialness
“I do not choose God’s channels wrongly.” This is not meant to be a call to specialness. All are chosen as God’s channels; all are meant to return Home. And Jesus says elsewhere that all will return, though it may happen over millions of years. This is not cause for despondency, because we have Jesus as our elder brother every step of the way. Our own way will lighten immeasurably as we learn to put into practice the dictates of the Course.
Help me to realize that I am a channel for God. However many mistakes I make, still is this true. Thank you.
May I take up my mission in this world. To do so, I need to live as though I am without ego. Help me to relinquish the ego, and to take my place in the salvation of this world.
I know that when the ego rears its head, I am unhappy. This is my clue that I have gotten off my pathway to You. Please guide me gently back home.