How to Open the Door
We must open the door if we would have the Christ enter. As we, with the Christ Consciousness as the standard, manifest His love in our daily walks in and before others, so we open the door.
Then it is that we heed the call to the Spirit within that stands everready to commune with us. It does not come in the whirlwind, but as a still, small Voice. If we listen and trust, it will teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance.
If we would recognize this great Intelligence, this great I AM that knocks for admission into every heart, then let us heed these words: Те that have named the Name, make known in thy daily walks, in thy acts, the lessons that have been builded in meditation and prayer."
Good rulers will continually seek a contact with their subjects that they may understand their needs, and they will be quick to reward any special obedience to the laws. How much greater will the Heavenly Father, who watches over His children, be ready to help them! Yet, God requires that we seek His face and believe that He is, before He reveals Himself. We must make the effort, if we wish to open the door to His Kingdom. "If ye will be my people, I will be your God."
What is the way to the Father? It is through the Christ (having the Christ Consciousness) that we come to the Father, open the door, see the way, and hear His voice. When we close our ears to the pleadings of the less fortunate, we close the door to His presence; for in so doing we do not manifest the mind of the Christ. "When saw we Thee naked and clothed Thee, hungry and fed Thee, a stranger and took Thee in? Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these little ones, ye did it unto Me." Let us know that when we speak a kind word or lighten the care of a neighbor, we open the door that He may enter, and through Him is the way into the Father's Kingdom, and there is no other.
As we seek to magnify His Spirit, let us know that we, too, become doors through which others may be drawn into the way. We are living in a material world of three dimensions; the spirituality that we wish to reflect must be expressed in and through material thought and activity, if we sincerely desire to reach and to awaken others. What is to be gained if we shout from the housetop concerning love for others and forget the little acts of kindness or the smiles that will lighten others day by day?
When we are aware of the Christ Consciousness within, we begin to put into action the Christ Spirit without. It is only in the application of our spiritual attributes day by day that we become living examples, showing our at-onement with Him; thus, we not only open the door, but as channels, are doors. Let us not forget, as we work, that those we meet along the way are seekers also and are the Israel of the Lord.
How to Know the Father
As the Father knoweth us, so we may know the Father. The Father judges us in our relationships to our fellow human beings. As we give, so we receive; as we measure, so it is meted to us; as we forgive, so we are forgiven-not because the Father wills it, but because we have chosen it to be so by our own acts, words, and deeds. It is the Father's good pleasure to give to each nothing less than the kingdom. Would we know the Father? Let us then stretch out our hands in love and sympathy to our faltering neighbors, and as we lift them up, so shall we even then in that hour be lifted up. Acknowledge each in his or her respective sphere of development, for that is the necessary stage of experience. Let us remember that Zaccheus climbed higher that he might have a broader vision, and on that day dined with Truth.
We know the Father by exemplifying His attributes in the earth. Let us not hope to reach all in a day, but little by little, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little, until we come daily to know more and more of the Father.
As we lose ourselves in Him, earnestly desiring to put into practice the prayer, "Not my will, but Thine, О Lord, be done in and through me," we realize our oneness with the Christ, the door to the kingdom of the Father. We will find that the Father is not an arbitrary master, one who is demanding our service, but an all-wise Provider, a Father who understands all our needs. This was understood by the Psalmist when he sang, "O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day." We will get a new concept of the Father the moment we make His will our own.