When the apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Corinth (I Corinthians 6:12, New American Standard Bible), I believe he was bringing perspective. The Corinthian Christians were rejoicing in their freedom, rejoicing that their relationship with God was not based on following certain rules, but rather on the indestructible life of Christ. All well and good, but there is some important fine print in verses 12 through 17. A person may be permitted to eat what they want, but if they become a glutton of excess or delicacy, then what? If one’s exercise of freedom leads to the loss of freedom through addiction, then what? A Christian may rejoice that his body is a member of Christ himself, but if he takes the members of Christ and unites them with a prostitute, then what?
I mention this to introduce a practice of the New Message from God. It could be considered a practice, it could be considered a customary attitude we try to develop. The idea is that every activity, every investment of time, talent and treasure, every possession can be construed as a relationship. Furthermore, every relationship either furthers one’s purpose for being in the world, or hinders it. Therefore, every relationship, activity, investment and possession is a subject for evaluation in the light of one’s deeper nature. This practice/attitude is called the Deep Evaluation.
It’s not like I woke up one morning after I got back from Encampment and said “Whoa! I need to do some Deep Evaluation!” On the other hand, I observed myself feeling and acting as if I had said that very thing. I decided to just go with it. I haven’t evaluated many different involvements yet, but there’s one involvement I have been observing from a number of different angles. It’s rather significant for me, as it’s something in which I’ve invested quite a bit of time over the past 5 years. It’s significant enough that I’m not going to launch into it until the next post.
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