Our Souls Then, Now,Forever
3Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17:3
"For He chose us in him before the creation of the world...." Ephesians 1:4
What do you think about when you hear a phase such this or one which states that Jesus' "was" before he actually occupied his body and upon his physical death, it returned to where he came? Kind of hard to comprehend, but ask yourself what if in fact it is literally true, and not only true just for Jesus but for each and every one of us. What if our soul is somewhat independent of our body and it is the principle component of who we are and who we will be when we leave this physical world. What if this body I occupy is only meant to be a vehicle for my soul to mature and grow or not.
As I was praying yesterday, God gave me more insight into who I am and who each of us are, than I may have wanted to know. God explained that our souls are in fact the key component of our being, not our bodies, and our soul's didn't originate in our present bodies, they existed before we were born to this world.
Somewhere in the birth process a union between the body and soul takes place, This union of the physical body and the spiritual soul is a very important phase of our spiritual development, it is where our soul basically takes on it's personality. What we do here on Earth molds our future in the spiritual realm. Although, I will admit this is somewhat of an unsettling concept it does in effect bring a lot of things into perspective, especially the teaching of Jesus. Jesus taught us a number of things about how we are meant to live, mostly that we shouldn't put our first priority on the physical aspects of life. We need to place the highest priority on our spiritual development and above all we need to go into the world and care more for others than we care for ourselves.
As we do so, we effectively begin the maturing process of our soul. This also helps clarify how others which aren't followers of Jesus move through this phase of life and into the spiritual phase. All individuals regardless of their religious affiliation or lack of religious affiliation can positively develop their soul. However, under this enlightening concept, having Jesus be the one person to emulate, have as your teacher, and regard as your Savior, is in my opinion the best way to go simply because his examples and teachings are very clear and provide us with a clear cut path for spiritual growth.
So, now it is one day after this enlightenment came about, yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about it but I tried to push it to the back of my mind, as I stated earlier, to me this is a very unsettling and yet refreshing approach to who we are and where we're going. However, the more you think and pray about it, it really puts a whole new perspective on the important things in life and those things which ultimately are meaningless.
Where I go with this I don't know, and what impact will it have on my maturation process, well it's to early to tell but I have been praying for guidance from God with the knowledge that there is a purpose for me in knowing but what that purpose is I'm not sure, but you can believe God has a plan.
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